in this issue
The Newsletter of Lasell College
2 Message from the President
4 Connected Learning
12 Campus Update
13 Class Notes
24 Alumni Relations
28 Annual Fund
30 Lasell Village
Rev. Barbara Asinger Arrives on Campus
Lasell Establishes Center for Spiritual Life
The Rev. Barbara Asinger, new to the
Lasell campus this fall, is energized by
the prospect of working with students,
faculty, and staff to actively explore the
role of spirituality in their lives and in
the community-at-large on the campus.
"The purpose of Lasell' s new Center for
Spiritual Life is to begin to provide
opportunities for students to develop,
integrate and explore their values and
beliefs. The Center will facilitate dia-
logue amongst students from varied
backgrounds and beliefs as a means of
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enriching the educational experience
here at Lasell," Rev. Asinger says in an
easy-on-the-ear voice filled with passion
for the work she does.
"I'm a great believer in the pluralistic
approach to spirituality. Drawing from
our community at Lasell and at large,
the Center will provide opportunities to
participate in rituals and events that
explore spiritual insights from a variety
of traditions. Celebrating holy days,
inviting speakers to share their faith
journeys, participating in mission
work, learning about other liturgical
customs, all provide a foundation for
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"Through exploration with others we
develop a deeper understanding of our
spiritual beliefs enabling us to better
cope with the unexpected challenges
and tragedies of our lives, as well as
inspire us to great acts of love that
bring hope to those around us.
"There is always an element of mystery
in our faith journey," she says, "but
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examining spirituality is not unlike tak-
ing a biology course and looking at the
universe in new and different ways. I
believe one has to educate oneself and
explore what we believe about our faith,
tradition and spirituality as an aspect of
higher education. I hope to function as a
support for the Lasell community and
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Teaching is the Heart of Lasell
Eight New Full-Time Faculty Hired
I 'm not sure there is anything more
critical to Lasell' s growth in both quality
and size than hiring full-time faculty,"
says Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jim Ostrow, "and we are pleased to be
able to welcome eight talented teach-
ers/scholars to our campus this fall.
This is in no way to deny the tremen-
dous contributions of adjunct faculty
to the increasing excellence of our
academic programs. Nevertheless, full-
time faculty bring with them a complete
presence and commitment to Lasell and
its students that is absolutely critical to
an institution priding itself on close
"These eight new faculty members
bring a wealth of scholarly, professional,
and pedagogical expertise to Lasell,"
he continues. "They will all participate
directly in very specific areas of auricu-
lar and programmatic growth." The
faculty will join the Communication
Department, Psychology, Environmental
Studies, Fashion, Sport Management,
Studio Arts, and Graphic Design.
continued on page 12
Celebration of Lives Lived
Book Honoring Village's
This year, 50 residents of Lasell Village
turn 90 or older. In commemoration of
these hallmark birthdays, the RoseMary
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging
and Intergenerational Studies has creat-
ed the book A Tribute to Lasell Village's
Nonagenarians that profiles 32 of these
unique and vital individuals.
"We were inspired by Jerry Friedman's
book Earth's Elders (see story p. 30) and
decided to photograph and write brief
sketches of our nonagenarian residents,"
says Center Director Mark Sciegaj,
Ph.D., who is also Dean of Graduate
and Professional Studies. "They have
lived through times of scarcity and
prosperity, times of war and peace, and
times of great change, but they also
shatter the stereotype of nonagenarians
Indeed, as the book shows, these
Villagers exude energy and a love of life.
"If I knew I was going to live so long I
continued on page 5
TO LASELL VILLAGE'S
RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging
I and Intergenerational Studies
The cover of A Tribute to Lasell Village's
Message from the President
Michael B. Alexander.
Dear Members of the Lasell Family,
As I write this letter, it is early on in
my presidency. Here is my first impres-
sion: Wow! What an exciting, vibrant,
beautiful, caring place. If you haven't
been on campus for a while, and for
some of you it may be years, I suggest
you find an opportunity to visit and
see what I mean.
The first thing I noticed was that
whenever a member of the broad Lasell
family, be it student, faculty member,
trustee or alum, has a challenging event
in his or her life, people rally to support
that person in every way possible.
When a group of people weave a web
of mutual support, caring, and admira-
tion, it is a sign tiiat something special is
happening in that community. My wife,
Mary Barbara, and I feel honored to be
invited to join such a community.
If you were to take me up on my sugges-
tion to visit us, you would see some of
the exciting changes and additions that
are occurring here on campus as we
prepare to welcome our students to
campus in September. By the time you
read this letter, we will have:
• Expanded dining capacity in
Valentine Hall with over ioo
• Enhanced and renovated Rosen
Auditorium with all new seating
and technical equipment
• Completed Rockwell Hall with over
140 beds overlooking Grellier Field
• Created additional student activities
offices in the Campus Center
• Hired eight additional full-time faculty
• Introduced baseball as a club sport
for Spring 2008 with plans to
become our thirteenth NCAA III
sport in 2008-09, with J ame s Dolan
as our new head coach
• Opened the Center for Spiritual Life
with Rev. Barbara Asinger as Director
Renovated and leveled Taylor Field
with new drainage and sod
Created more technologically-
Built new faculty offices and relocated
the Center for Community-Based
Learning to the lower level of
Completed major renovations to
Case House and Mott House
Installed a new tennis court on
Added a new dock and completed
renovations to Stoller Boathouse.
These are just some of the improve-
ments that we are making in our
community as we continue to strive
to provide a high quality experience at
Lasell for all students. As you will read
in this edition of Leaves (see p. 12),
our Student Success Committee has
been working hard for months to plan
and execute a whole series of improve-
ments, both large and small, that will
further enhance the academic, extra-cur-
ricular, residential and social experience
of our students.
The signs of Lasell' s momentum don't
stop there. This fall's entering class
is the largest, most able, and most
diverse in the history of the College.
Our graduate program in Management
is growing at a rapid pace. We have
started the approval process to offer a
Master of Science in Communications
with concentrations in Public Relations
and Integrated Marketing starting in the
fall of 2008. The faculty has also begun
work on the design of a new undergrad-
uate program in Environmental Studies,
which I believe holds great promise.
Of course, we also face many challenges.
Among those challenges is how to
harness all this excitement and activity,
along the character strengths of the
community, to pull Lasell College to new
heights of prominence and achievement.
We intend to address this particular
challenge throughout this fall by engag-
ing in an extended planning process in
which the whole community will have
an opportunity to help to define the
Lasell College of the future. I hope to
report on the results of this process in
the next edition of Leaves.
In the meantime, thank you all for
welcoming Mary Barbara and me into
your midst with such open arms.
Michael B. Alexander
New Executive Assistant to the President
Responsibilities with True Cordiality
Although she is charged in part with
the difficult task of keeping her boss
on schedule and safe from unwanted
interruptions, the newly installed
Executive Assistant to President Michael
Alexander holds no resemblance to
the stereotypical office sentinel who
harshly turns even the most plaintive
No, Sandra Weston is outgoing, charm-
ing, engaging, and eager to help.
The right-hand helper of Lasell's new
president, Sandra balances her duties as
scheduler and protector of the CEO's
time with a genuine cordiality that
wholesomely defies type.
Blessed with a ready smile and a warm,
welcoming demeanor, Sandra is a self
identified "military brat." Her dad is a
retired Army Sergeant Major who met
Executive Assistant to the President
and married her mom while stationed
in Korea, where Sandra was born and
where her parents still live.
continued on page 10
Kathy Urner-Jones Returns to Lasell
Strong Commitment to Lasell
and Its Mission Draw Former
Kathy Urner-Jones '83, is a true believ-
er. Her commitment to Lasell extends
well beyond her role as enthusiastic
alumna. As Director of Major Gifts and
the Lasell 250 Capital Campaign from
1994 to 2001, Kathy was responsible
for all facets of the College's first com-
prehensive capital campaign, raising
more than $18 million against an initial
$10 million goal.
Although she left in 2001 to take on
a Vice Presidency of Institutional
Advancement at Bay Path College,
and later moved to private consultancy
and to building a fundraising program
for The Guidance Center, Inc., in
Cambridge — where she grew total
fund-raised revenue by more than 50%
in three years — Kathy's heart has
always belonged to Lasell.
Special Assistant to the President for
Leadership Development Kathy Urner-
And happily for all, she's back! In
September Kathy joined the
continued on page 9
2 Lasell Leaves
Celebrates Departing President Thomas E.J. de Witt
Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy is the 153rd Commencement Speaker
Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy.
■ ormer Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy,
the commencement speaker at Lasell's
153rd commencement ceremonies,
talked about leadership and deftly
turned her message to the graduates
into a heartfelt homage to retiring
President Thomas E.J. de Witt.
"Years from now, I want you to remem-
ber what you said today as much as
what I said," Evelyn Murphy told the
audience of more than 2,000 who
packed the tent. She then asked the
graduates to stand and yell out their
boisterous thank yous, first to their
parents and the faculty, and then to
President de Witt.
Dr. Murphy, who holds a Ph.D. degree
in Economics from Duke University,
and was the first woman in the history
of Massachusetts to hold statewide
office, talked about leadership, using
the leadership of President Tom de Witt
as the measure and model for graduates
"Wherever you live, put down roots and
turn your ambition into becoming a
leader in the community. Use that force,
the strength of character, you have
shown by earning this degree, to
become a leader," she advised.
"I don't mean you have to become
governor, or president, or a CEO.
There are all kinds of roles and titles
and all sorts of settings in which you
can do this," she said, speaking with
fire and conviction.
"You have a remarkable advantage in
becoming a leader. That advantage is
President Tom de Witt. He is one of the
most capable leaders you will ever
encounter in your life.
"For as long as you have been at Lasell,
you have had the chance to see in him
what a leader looks like, acts like, and
talks like. He has been right in front of
you, among you, and with you."
Evelyn Murphy was an inspiring
speaker, quoting from Dr. de Witt on
leadership ("I think that leadership is an
acquired skill, one becomes a leader and
grows into it slowly,") urging students to
adopt traits of honesty, integrity, and
compassion — in the de Witt model —
and exhorting them to "take his
example along with your degree as
the precious gifts of Lasell College."
In addition to awarding 213 undergradu-
ate and 15 graduate degrees, Lasell's
Board of Trustees also conferred four
honorary degrees at the commencement
ceremonies. Evelyn Murphy, President
Thomas de Witt and his wife, Dr.
Margaret Ward, a professor at Wellesley
College, were each presented with an
honorary doctor of humane letters.
The president's executive assistant,
Margaretta Arnold, who also left at the
end of June, and who spent 23 years at
Lasell, was awarded an honorary
At commencement, President Tom de
Witt introduced the president-elect of
Lasell College, Michael Alexander, and
his wife, Mary Barbara Alexander. Mr.
Alexander began h.s tenure at Lasell on
July 1, 2007.
Evelyn Murphy is the author of a book
called Getting Even: Why Women Don't
Get Paid Like Men — and What to Do
About It, and has been touring the
country talking about what women can
and should do to secure their rightful
earnings. She is also the founder and
president of The WAGE Project Inc.,
which is dedicated to closing the wage
gap in every American workplace. W
A Fitting Legacy
"Award For Excellence" Endowment Honors Tom de Witt
The "Thomas E.J. de Witt Award for
Excellence in Educational Leadership"
was established in 2007 by the Board of
Trustees to recognize the achievements
and extraordinary leadership of the
eighth president of Lasell College who
served for 19 years. The surprise
announcement of the creation of the
award was made on Sunday, May 20th
during the College's 153rd commence-
An endowed fund was established
through the generosity of the Board
of Trustees, Board of Overseers,
Corporators, faculty, staff, alumni, and
friends of the College. The goal was to
raise a minimum of $250,000 before
Tom retired at the end of June — to
date, $280,000 has been raised to
support this important initiative.
The award will be given annually to a
deserving faculty and/or staff member
who demonstrates extraordinary leader-
ship and innovation in education, while
supporting the mission of the College.
The award will recognize specific
accomplishments and achievements
that are transformational to Lasell.
The first award will be granted next
May at commencement.
This is a wonderful way to recognize
Tom's extraordinary legacy and at the
same time honor faculty and staff who,
through their work, ensure a strong
future for many more generations of
Lasell students. '«
President de Witt receives a standing ovation at Commencement.
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Raising Funds and Awareness
Leadership Class Supports Lasell Marathoner who Runs with Cystic Fibrosis
At the finish line Steve Yankopoulos 'oy
and Professor Neil Hatem enjoy the moment.
It wasn't any ordinary Boston Marathon
this year, particularly for Steve
Yankopoulos '07. In the remnants of the
Nor'Easter which battered New England,
he completed the 26.2 mile course to
raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a
lung disease with which he was born.
He was cheered on and backed by the
Lasell student body and, in particular,
by the sophomore Leadership Class of
Professor Neil Hatem, that raised the
$3,000 necessary for Steve to secure
"Steve came to our class to discuss lead-
ership," says Professor Hatem, "and by
the time he left we were so impressed
by his desire to run the Marathon and
overcome his adversity that we decided
to devote much of the semester to rais-
ing money and awareness in order to
back his dream of completing the race."
To raise the money needed, the class
climbed into Lasell vans and made five
trips to different Newton locales asking
businesses to back them. "We were very
pleased with the response we received,"
said Gary Gay '09. "People stepped
up to the plate, donating both gift
certificates and money. We were also
overwhelmed by the contributions we
received from the Lasell faculty, staff,
students, family, and friends. It was a
real community effort."
On April 13, the Leadership class, in
conjunction with Professor Peter
Plourde's Event Planning class, held
the Lasell Festival for Cystic Fibrosis
which more than 300 people attended.
Included in the schedule of events were
a free barbeque, games, a step team and
Rap-off contest, and a raffle of the
donated gift certificates. "The Festival
helped us raise enough money for Steve
to get his number and he did the rest,"
said Professor Hatem.
The rest proved to be quite a lot. A few
weeks before Steve got to the starting
line he was told by his doctor that he
needed to go to the hospital for treat-
ment. But Steve was determined to
attend the Lasell Festival and to run the
Marathon. "I told them 'get me out of
here, I'm running this race no matter
what,'" he recalls. Admiring his spirit,
the doctor not only had Steve ready to
be out early but also equipped him with
an IV tube in his arm so that he could
run and receive his medication after
"It was probably one of the greatest days
in my life," says Steve. "I was saying to
myself 'Get to Lasell, get to Lasell,' and
as I approached I could hear the roar.
I held up great. My lungs gave me no
problem but I discovered after the race
that I got a stress fracture in my right
leg. I wasn't anticipating that!"
Despite the weather and running with
an injured leg, Steve completed the
Marathon in 4 hours and 47 minutes.
"This was an incredible feat for some-
one with a disease that affects the
lungs,' said Professor Plourde. "He is
an inspiration for all of us." W
Students perform at the Festival for Cystic Fibrosis barbeque.
Lasell Establishes Center for Spiritual Life
continued from page 1
aid in discerning together initiatives that
provide for spiritual development and
faith expression on the campus."
Academic Vice President Jim Ostrow
sees the Center for Spiritual Life as
an essential part of the educational
experience at Lasell.
"I believe that the depth and lasting
value of education — beyond just earn-
ing grades and filling credits — requires
students and faculty to be reflective
about not only what is known, but also
about what is not yet known.
"The establishment of a Center for
Spiritual Life is not valuable solely as a
support system for students outside of
the classroom, although it is certainly
more than justified on that basis alone.
It also facilitates our collective embrace
of the mystery of life and the necessary
role of human understanding, imagina-
tion, and the discovery of individual
purpose and activism in meeting the
challenge of that mystery."
Rev. Asinger has made the Center,
located in Edwards, a welcoming,
comfortable and peaceful space where
all members of the Lasell community
feel invited to visit. Working in collabo-
ration with the Center for Public Service
and the Center for Community-Based
Learning, the Center for Spiritual Life
will help students identify their diverse
talents in their service of others, encour-
aging understanding, service, justice,
and ethical behavior.
Barbara Asinger will teach two courses a
year at Lasell, one in the fall and one in
the spring. "Teaching is always a good
way to connect and get to know stu-
dents," she muses. She will also work
closely with the Counseling Center.
Prior to her appointment at Lasell, Rev.
Asinger served as Associate Protestant
Chaplain at Tufts University in Medford
after being called as the Associate
Minister for the Congregational Church
of West Medford, UCC, where her work
revolved around program development
for young people, adult study, worship,
and mission organization.
Rev. Barbara Asinger earned her
Master's in Divinity degree at Andover
Newton Theological School with a
focus in Pastoral Counseling. She holds
standing in the United Church of Christ
and was licensed into her denomination
and ordained after accepting a full-time
call in the spring of 2004. Previously,
for three years, she served as the
Chaplain for Newbury College, where
she also lectured.
She has served the homeless in the
Lowell, Boston, Cape Cod, and Medford
areas and developed and opened three
shelter programs serving individuals and
families including the Medford Family
Life Center, the Pawtucket House, and
the Day Break Shelter. She has served as
a member of the Governor's Committee
on Homelessness and co-founded
the Massachusetts Shelter Providers.
Barbara Asinger has also served as the
director of a rape counseling center and
battered women's shelter and as the
Director of New Beginnings Norwell,
a church program serving divorced and
Rev. Asinger currently resides in
Waltham with her husband, Rob who is
a minister at Phillips UCC Church of
Watertown and their Italian Greyhound,
Babe. Her daughters live together in
Washington D.C. Kate works as an art
teacher in an elementary school and
Colleen is a public relations consultant. *
Math Minors Help Fellow Students Achieve Success
Too many times I've heard students
ask, 'I hate math and I need to pass
Calculus I. What do I do?'" says
Professor Malini Pillai. "I watch students
give up too easily and have no persever-
ance. They practice the dangerous
'learned helplessness' routine."
As a teacher who believes that failing is
not an option, Professor Pillai came up
with an intervention strategy to correct
this problem. "I identified my best
students, who came from a variety of
majors, and trained them to be peer
tutors /mentors for students who need
extra help. With the guidance of their
peers, the at-risk students develop the
proper math study skills and discipline
they need. They come to realize that they
can be good at math!"
The tutors she selects, who are mostly
Math minors, are not only excellent in
math but must also be charismatic,
outgoing, and enthusiastic. "I have a
passion for math and I want to learn
everything there is. I feel that the tutor-
ing course has opened my eyes to exactly
that," says Sport Management Major
Zach Gagne '09. Under Professor Pillai's
supervision and guidance, he and the
other tutors coach their peers for weekly
tests and help them with homework
assignments on a regular basis at a set
time each week.
Students do their tutoring in conjunction
with either the Service Learning (SVL)
215 Seminar for Math Tutors, which is a
linked one-credit option offered every
semester, or they can take SVL 107, a
one credit seminar for math tutors that
is offered in the spring. Honors stu-
dents can also opt to do it as part of one
of their four specialized honors compo-
nents. In all cases, the tutors maintain a
log showing when they tutored, keep a
journal of their weekly tutoring sessions,
and write a reflective essay on their
experience at the end of the semester.
At their class meetings, the tutors
receive training/coaching tips from
Professor Pillai. They also frequently
stop by her office for tutoring tips.
"When we meet, I provide them with
special guidelines, problem solving
strategies, and communication skills
to improve their math knowledge and
tutoring abilities," she explains. "The
students get the opportunity to share
their ideas and experiences and it's an
opportunity for them to tell me what
they are struggling with. As I listen,
I am struck by what a valuable service
learning experience it is for all of them."
Professor Pillai pairs the tutor and tutee,
but making the initial contact is a big
step. "The difficult part was having
people admit that they need help and
offering the help, since for many stu-
dents I was a stranger," says Lais Nunes
'09. "As the semester went on, I was
impressed that the students kept on
coming back. I found out that many
times students learn better when anoth-
er student is teaching them. They are
themselves and ask questions when no
one is around."
"I really didn't know what to expect
going into my first tutoring session,"
recalls Honors student Gary Gay '09.
Some of the math tutors gather before class. (Front row L to R) Juliana Cenolli '10, Cristina
Sclafani '10, Ashley Proietti '10, Emily Drew '10; (Middle row L to R) Robert Kent '10,
Anna Wasilewska '09, Zach Gagne 'og, Gary Gay 'og; (Back Row L to R) Lais Nunes
'og, Valentina Taliaferro, Shawna Kelly 'oj.
"I myself was very nervous, but I found
being a tutor made me feel very good
about myself and made me strive for
success because I did not want to let
my students down. I got to know the
people I worked with really well and
formed not only strong tutoring bonds,
but also made some very good friends.
The more I tutor, the more I begin to
lean toward the idea of teaching as a
career after college."
The tutors learned as much as their stu-
dents during the semester. "I feel like
each person has a different way to learn
things," says Emily Drew '10. "Some
people are visual learners and others are
auditory learners. Each person needs to
have a system or program that fits well
for them. In a classroom setting it is
almost impossible to meet every individ-
ual's needs, so I think that having a
tutor when one is struggling is a
Looking back on his semester, Georges
Fadel '08 says, "Tutoring math is not
simple because you have to be a mentor
for the student, be able to provide a pos-
itive role model, and be capable of relat-
ing to her or him. The tutor also has to
build the confidence, interest, and moti-
vation necessary for the best results.
I learned as much as I taught. Tutoring
develops analytical thinking and
improves memory and self-confidence.
It is a challenging experience!" ¥
Celebration of Lives Lived
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would have taken better care of myself!"
quips Bobbe Naiburg in her profile.
Four students, Sarah Armstrong '07,
Stacey Cook '10, Jessica Kuczwara '10,
and Christopher Roy '07, interviewed
the residents and a professional photog-
rapher, Kindra Clieneff, took their
portraits. None of those who worked
on the book could believe that their
subjects were people who were actually
in their 90s.
Even the nonagenarians seem sur-
prised. "New acquaintances exclaim,
'I just can't believe your age!'" says Ruth
Eckstein in her recollections. "I carft
believe it myself. Although life has
been full of events — political and
personal, tragic and happy — it passed
so rapidly in retrospect. My interests
In the book, each resident has his or
her own theories about the secret to
longevity. Sol Fleishman credits
"drinking a few whiskys every night
and getting his exercise," while Anna
Castleman says, "I've lived this long by
not being competitive." All of them fit
parts of the centenarian profile that
Villager Dr. Margery Silver, a neuropsy-
chologist and Assistant Professor in
Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School,
writes in an essay on longevity, includ-
ing good genes, eating well, stress
management, humor, and having a
In describing the reason for his longevi-
ty in his profile, Bill Copithorne
paraphrases a verse from Robert
Browning, "what I aspired to be, and
was not, inspired me." Bill taught
English at Kenyon College in Ohio
until 1953 and then went on to his
next career as a speech writer for the
Esso Corporation. He attributes his
90-plus years to a strong work ethic
and "having fun."
Dr. Bill Haydu was a family physician
for more than 60 years. "My practice of
medicine lasted so long that at one time
I was seeing five generations of the
same family," he recalls in the book. He
credits his love of medicine as one of
the secrets to his longevity. "I had the
pleasure of doing something I love for
All of the nonagenarians are an integral
part of the Village community. "Their
energy and vitality serve as wonderful
examples of the potential of later life
and the wisdom of experience and per-
spective that come with age," says the
Village's Dean and Executive Director,
Paula Panchuck, Ph.D., in her descrip-
tion of Lasell Village. %'
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Learning Through Service
Alternative Spring Break Immerses Students in Social Issues
Estella Hernandez 'oj stirs the stew.
The students impressed and hum-
bled me." says new President of the
Alumni Board of Management Urit
Chaimovitz '98, recalling the time she
spent in Washington, D.C. with Lasell's
Alternative Spring Break program.
"They were a dedicated, thoughtful
group who really are going to change
Urit went on the trip with 13 students
and Student Programs Coordinator
Melissa Martin. They spent five days
preparing and distributing meals to
the homeless and other disadvantaged
individuals — four days in the D.C.
Central Kitchen and one at the Dinner
Program for Homeless Women.
"This year we wanted to have an even
split between learning and doing,"
explains Melissa. "By working in the
morning and spending our afternoons
listening to speakers at the National
Coalition for the Homeless and attend-
ing policy workshops, I think we
At the D.C. Central Kitchen, the work-
ers are people who are considered
"unemployable" — some have recently
been released from prison while others
have been homeless. By going through
the culinary program at D.C. Kitchen
they learn real skills and are able to get
internships and jobs when they finish.
Working alongside of them, the Lasell
group learned not only cooking skills
but were also touched by their lives
Both Kathleen Fenelius '07 and Donna
Mclntyre '09 worked under Miss Dot,
who was in charge of the salad section.
"She ran a tight shift, to say the least,"
exclaims Kathleen. "And, she was quite
a character. I loved the way she'd say,
'Hey, Bab/ and, 'Don't you be workin'
yourself.' When she said that, she
meant that you were slicing wrong."
"We were so intimidated and nervous
on our first day with her," recalls
Donna, "but by day two we were racing
to be at her station. I've never been
so happy to go back each morning to
The cooking done at D.C. Kitchen was
all on a huge scale. Hospitality major
Estella Hernandez '07 was singled out
and made an assistant to James, one
of the chefs. "The gumbo was cooked
in this gigantic pot. It was difficult to
stir, but James showed me how to do
it the right way," recalls Estella.
"Working at the D.C. Kitchen was a
great supplement for my major. I'd
highly recommend that others do it
as part of an internship or class."
Once prepared, the food was packaged
up and distributed to homeless shelters,
soup kitchens, drug rehabilitation pro-
grams, and homes for the sufferers of
domestic abuse. "We'd get everything in
one place and then we'd share it with
the city," says Urit. "I like to think of
Lasell that way. Students are educated
and then the College sends them out
into the world.
"One thing that speaks volumes about
our students is that they were singled
out for special assignments," Urit con-
tinues. "For the first time they allowed
students to do deliveries and I know
that Ricardo Sanon '08 got a lot out of
this experience. He became one of the
Kitchen's most reliable drivers."
On the day spent at the Dinner Program
for Homeless Women, the Lasell group
served the food that came from the D.C.
Kitchen. "We worked directly with peo-
ple who were homeless," says Melissa,
"and it was very emotional. We heard
stories about their struggles and real-
ized that many of these people were at
the end of their rope. They had faced
injustice and were left with few options.
Before we left Washington, we came up
with the idea of doing a sleep out for the
homeless when we returned to Lasell
"We were bone tired in the mornings,
but this was nothing compared to what
the people we were serving were experi-
encing on a daily basis. That really kept
us motivated," says Urit. "As we passed
out portions at the Dinner Program we
ran out of food. It is very hard to say to
someone who is hungry, 'I'm sorry,
there is nothing left.'"
The group took some time each day to
reflect back on their experiences. "I had
put quotations in a bag and we would
pull one and someone would read it,"
says Urit. "A conversation would start.
We discussed what was hard, what was
great, who had gone above and beyond
what was necessary. We did reflections
everywhere — on the street, in DuPont
Circle. It made us focus and brought us
"Washington is a city of contrasts and
this made a huge impression on the
group," says Melissa. "There are people
experiencing homelessness right out-
side of the White House. The trip
broadened the students' horizons and
I was proud of how dedicated they
were. We left feeling that we had
made a difference." W
At the D.C. Kitchen, the work was hard, but the smiles were large. (L to R) Urit
Chaimovitz '98, Kathleen Fenelius '07, Miss Dot, Donna Mclntyre 'og, Jessica Olivier '08,
Lisa Yong 'oj, Carolyn Lucente '08, Erica Desautels 'og, Christopher Roy 'oj.
Students Bring Passion to a Cause
Sleep Out for Homelessness
Raises Awareness and Dollars
When the 13 students who went
to Washington, D.C. on Alternative
Spring Break (ASB) returned to
campus they wanted to share their
knowledge and passion for the cause
of homelessness with Lasell. "There
was no way that talk would convey
the experience of homelessness,"
says Student Programs Coordinator
Melissa Martin. "The students felt
that to understand it, people had to
do it, so we began planning for a sleep
out that would also be a fundraiser."
The group wanted to hold the sleep
out right away, while it was still cold.
"It was important for the participants
to understand not only the discomfort
but also realize that when they got up
in the morning they would have to
function. We wanted people to get
some idea of what it's like to have to
do this every night," Melissa explains.
The event was held on Blodgett Green
and the night was cold with a predic-
tion of rain. Tarps were spread on the
ground and people were asked to
bring either sleeping bags or blankets.
Signs and spray-painted sheets with
facts about homelessness surrounded
the area and there were flyers to hand
out to passersby about the misconcep-
tions of homelessness.
Thirty-six students slept out (including
some from Boston College) and at
least 50 more came by. "The evening
was so successful because of the
initiative and leadership that the
ASB students took," says Melissa.
"Because of their efforts, we raised
money that we then donated to the
two Washington organizations that had
made our break so meaningful — the
D.C. Central Kitchen and the Dinner
Program for Homeless Women." '«
(L to R) Christopher Roy 'oj. Donna
Mclntyre 'og, Jessica Olivier '08, and
Kathleen Fenelius 'oy are dressed waiwtly
and ready for the cold night.
Life in Combat
Student Veteran Organizes Educational Panel and Package Drive
vi hat is life in Iraq like for soldiers,
what are the mental and physical chal-
lenges, and what is it like to reintegrate
into civilian life and school? These
daunting topics were opened up by John
Dain '09 in an educational panel he
organized as part of his directed study
for "Writing War: The Craft of Military
Memoir." John served in the U.S. Army
for three years, and was in Iraq for one
"John took the initiative and organized
not only the panel but also a military
package drive. He ran a community-
wide fundraising effort so that he could
put together the boxes and in doing so
he raised awareness of what life is like
for a soldier in Iraq," says English
Professor Stephanie Athey, who
designed the course.
John felt very strongly that the slant
of the panel should be apolitical. "The
politics of Iraq overshadow what it's
like for the soldiers who are fighting
the war every day," he says. "My fellow
soldiers and I would not talk about the
President or policies. We simply did
what we needed to do to survive in a
John first enrolled at Lasell in September
2001. But as he was driving home after
9/11, he saw an army recruitment sign
and went in and enlisted. He was then
sent off to Fort Benning, GA for 14
weeks of basic training.
"It was a desensitization process," he
recalls. "They want to toughen you up to
get you ready and to turn us into the
'baddist' platoon." When John showed a
film that pictured the death he had wit-
nessed and talked about the first time he
had to shoot at someone, the importance
of this training became obvious.
"I showed the movie because I wanted
to shock," explains John. "This is
what's happening there right now and
when you're in it there's no mental or
emotional breather. I used to dream
about coming back and nothing
seemed as sweet as being able to take
a final exam."
John was in Iraq for eight months before
he was sent home for two weeks leave.
"I hated being around people who were
having fun," he recalls. "I didn't feel
comfortable and it made me think about
how I would be able to come back.
"I made the decision to jump right in. I
landed in the States on January 17, 2005
and five days later I started classes at
Lasell. My stuff wasn't even back from
Germany, but I was afraid if I stopped I
would never get the ball rolling. It was
hard at first, but now I know it was the
best thing for me to have done."
John organized his package drive with
the same sense of purpose as he did his
re-enrollment at Lasell. "I approached
the Student Government Association
and they showed their support by giving
me $500. This seed money gave me
leverage when I approached other Lasell
sponsors and local businesses, and I
organized a committee that was devoted
to raising money. I couldn't have done
any of this without the assistance of
Dr. Athey. She brought my efforts to the
attention of other professors on campus
which helped raise further campus
awareness and discussion.
"We were able to reach our $3,000 goal
and headed to BJ's to buy the contents
for the boxes. I have friends who are
squad leaders and so I know that the
packages are going to soldiers who will
really appreciate them. My hope is that
John Dain '09 organizes the inventory
before putting the Iraq packages together.
this effort will continue in the future.
I intend to start a new student organiza-
tion in support of our peers, the
soldiers overseas." W
Variety of Social Issues Explored
Student Documentary Film Festival and Award Night
There wasn't a red carpet, but there
was an excited buzz at the Documentary
Film Award Night held in Rosen
Auditorium in May. Five aspiring
filmmakers were ready to premiere
their final projects for Anthropology
Professor Hortense Gerardo's
Documentary Film: Ethnography and
Social Change class. There were three
invited judges to select best in show
and members of the audience were also
given ballots to vote for their choice.
The five films were very different
and the judges had their work cut out
for them. After much deliberation,
"Boston's Homeless" by Vincent
DiBenedetto '07 was given the Roland
Award for best in show and "The Streets
of Heartless: Fight Clubs" by Jeffrey
Magni '08 was the audience's pick.
As the Lasell students selected their
subject matter and started filming, they
found that their stories evolved in ways
they hadn't expected. Vincent began
with conversations with three women at
The Women's Lunch Place, a daytime
community in Boston for poor and
homeless women and their children.
"Their stories brought to life how easy it
is to become homeless and how many
reasons there are for people to find
themselves in this situation," he says.
"Then, when the Lasell students held a
sleep out for homelessness (see story
p. 6) it seemed a natural turn for me to
document the event and interview the
students who were participating. It was
serendipitous that I could include the
sleep out and it gave an added dimen-
sion to my film."
"I did a story board, but didn't stick to
it," says Christina Rossi '08, whose film
dealt with aging and elder care. "I used
my great-grandparents as my main
"Cultures take care of their elderly in
different ways. In Italy, it is expected to
be the younger generation's job. To get
a different perspective, I spoke with
Mark and Beverly Aronson, who live
in Lasell Village and took the class with
us. They are very happy there and can't
imagine leaving the burden of care on
(L to R) Filmmaker Roland Atema, creator of the Roland Award, watches the excited winner
Vincent Di Benedetto '07. Also on stage are Jeff Magni '08 and Christopher Conroy '08.
"We were pleased when Christina asked
us to be interviewed for her documen-
tary," says Mark, "and were very
impressed by the quality of the students'
films. Although we didn't participate
in the final project, I made a short film
with Jeff Magni early in the semester.
I learned a lot by working with him." fe'
Lasell Leaves 7
Research Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions
Ten Lasell Students Attend Northeast Regional Honors Conference
Being nominated to attend the annual
Northeast Regional Honors Conference
is a high accolade and this year 10 soph-
omore Honors students represented
Lasell. They traveled to Providence
to meet vvidi a group of 276 other
Honors students from around the
"The students exchanged research,
explored the area, danced a mean salsa,
and networked with students from the
other schools." recalls Professor
Stephanie Athey, director of Lasell's
Honors Program. "Our team distin-
guished themselves in many ways —
not only in their passion for ideas and
for their own research, but also in their
poise in public speaking.
"After their presentations, they
answered tough questions from the
audience and they all get top marks
for their grace under pressure.
Furthermore, Lasell students were
often the first to ask engaged and
thoughtful questions following
The Lasell group came from a variety
of majors, including Communication,
Education, Business Administration,
Fashion Design, and Human Services.
The topics they presented were also
diverse, covering global warming,
stem cell research, learning from the
disabled, and historical and contempo-
rary differences between private and
As the students reflected back on the
experiences they had, they all came
away with different reactions. "The
push for excellence was embodied in
each individual as well as our group,"
says Business Administration major
Erich Schiebel. "During the conference
we grew close and we also developed
quality relationships with other Honors
students from the Northeast. This expe-
rience was magnificent."
Some were surprised by what they
encountered. "I thought the conference
was going to be hectic and stuffy," says
Fashion Merchandising major Victoria
Zaleski. "It turned out to be a lot of fun
and it was about expressing yourself
and exploring new things. I think one
of my favorite parts was the openness
to discussion during the highly educa-
The sophomore honors students have fun in Newport on their "City as Text" trip during
the conference. (Front L to R) Rachel Craft, Brianna Harbick, Erica Desautels;
(Rear L to R) Allison Martin, Erich Schiebel, Molly Fawcett, Victoria Zaleski, Ivan
Gonzalez, Donna Mclntyre.
The conference expanded the students'
horizons and took topics to new levels.
Says Education major Rachel Craft,
"I learned a lot about different political
issues in my major that have helped me
take a different perspective on the way
America views and values education.
I enjoyed learning about the "No Child
Left Behind" Act. This made me think
about government role in education."
Looking ahead to 2008, Professor Athey
would like to take students nominated
by professors as well as some students
who nominate themselves. "The door
is open to anyone who would like to
develop a project," she says. "This is a
connected learning experience that is
available to the entire campus." i'
Networking and Feedback
Advisory Boards Bring Students and Professionals Together
#V buzz of conversation filled the
S toller Room at the first annual
Communication Advisory Board dinner
as students talked with professionals
from the Boston area about their field.
"We were extremely pleased to have so
many outstanding members of the
communication world attend," says
Department Chair Janice Barrett. "It is
a win/win situation for everyone. The
students make connections with people
in their area and the professionals have
the opportunity to give back by sharing
This is the first year a Communication
major has been offered and the popular-
ity of the program was evidenced by
the number of students attending.
"We want to create a rich program,"
says Professor Barrett, "and it was a
wonderful start. We were privileged to
have representatives from advertising,
public relations, television, graphic arts,
and area newspapers. We look forward
to building our Board as we expand and
so appreciate these professionals taking
the time to look at the students' work
and give them feedback."
All ten departments with majors at Lasell
have formed or are forming advisory
boards. In addition, the Yamawaki Art
and Cultural Center has an external
board. For Hospitality majors, the
Advisory Board dinner is not only an
opportunity to network but it also gives
them first-hand experience on how to
organize a special event.
"Two classes, Special Events Management
and Strategies for Meeting Planning, are
in charge of organizing the entire
evening. It's both connected learning and
on-the-job training," says Hospitality
Management Department Chair Ellen
LaBelle. "Besides contacting the Board
members, they do everything from
designing the invitations, to arranging
the food contract, to making centerpieces.
And, they have to do all this while staying
There are 50 members of the Hospitality
Board and typically about 15 to 18 attend
the event. They come from hotel manage-
ment, the culinary field, travel agencies,
and convention centers. There are many
alumni Board members who come back
At the Communication Advisory Board dinner, students and professionals have a chance
and enjoy keeping in touch with the
students. Among them are Priscilla
Drakeford Powers '00 who has her
own travel agency, Huascer Gomez-
Martinez '03 who works at the Boston
boutique hotel Nine Zero, and Jillian
Tartan '06, who works at the Lowell
This year the Board members had the
chance to meet 27 students, each of
whose profile and picture was displayed
on the plasma board. Over the course of
the evening the students learned about
trends in the industry and received
advice from the professionals. Some
were offered jobs and several others set
up interviews. "Every year our Board
members are impressed by the students'
professionalism and high quality of
work," says Professor LaBelle. *>'
Extra, Extra...Read All About It
Student Newspaper, The 1851 Chronicle, is Up and Running
— A newspaper produced tn Laseii College
11 College Announces New President!
Dubai: Where Visions Come True
Service Learning in Mexico—Who Cares?
The fourth edition of The 1851 Chronicle.
It has been several years since the 1851
was published, but thanks to the efforts
of a core group of hardworking students
and new Communication Department
Chair Janice Barrett, four issues rolled
off the press during the 2006-2007
academic year. "We are all proud and
excited about getting the paper back
up and going," says Editor Cristina
Bonfiglio '07. "It not only got our cre-
ative juices going, it was also a unique
opportunity to hone our leadership and
The Communication Department was
created in August 2006 and it has
quickly become one of the most popular
majors on campus. "Because we offer
courses in journalism, I wanted the stu-
dents to have the opportunity to write
and to make portfolios," says Professor
Barrett. "A newspaper is a great way to
publish student work."
"I was very fortunate to have the back-
ing of President de Witt, Vice President
for Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow, and
Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve
Bloom. All three of them said they
wanted a hard copy newspaper on cam-
pus. Jim made funds available to us so
that we could purchase a printer and a
computer and he had a room painted in
the basement of Potter that we use as
our headquarters. He also dedicated
dollars towards our printing costs."
But the first thing needed to get the
newspaper going was a hard core of stu-
dents who were willing to do the work.
"I took Media Literacy last fall and
Professor Barrett brought up the topic
of reviving the 1853," says Cristina.
"In 2005, I had worked with Professor
Diane Donatio, which was the last time
the paper ran. I realized starting the
publication again would be a lot of hard
work but I thought it would be wonder-
ful to get it up and running."
The entire Media Literacy class rallied
to the cause, setting up a table at the
College fair for clubs and trying to get
(L to R) Present and past 1851 editors Christina Rossi '08 and Cristina Bonfiglio '07.
excitement going through word of
mouth. "We emphasized that students
didn't need to be in the Communication
program," says Cristina, "and professors
in other departments asked if any of
their students would be interested in
writing articles. We had Political Science
and Sport Management majors writing
and students from the Graphic Arts
department helped us with the design,
especially Abigail Clark '07, who did all
Lakeisha Gerald '10 saw a poster adver-
tising the newspaper start-up and
immediately went to the first meeting.
"I wrote and did layout design for my
high school newspaper and I wanted to
play a role at 1851." During the year she
had several articles published and she
would like to start a "student of the
Like Lakeisha, there are many returning
students who are carrying on the publi-
cation. Christina Rossi '08 is the new
editor and is excited about what this year
holds. "I'm hoping to go into journalism
and what better training ground," she
exclaims. "We have a great team and
we're all looking forward to putting out
the next four issues." 'I?
Kathy Urner-jones Returns to Lasell
continued from page 2
Institutional Advancement (IA) team as
Special Assistant to the President for
"Kathy Urner-jones has a wealth of pro-
fessional experience in both major gifts
and planned giving. As a bonus, she is a
Lasell graduate and a veteran of Lasell's
Capital Campaign. We are delighted that
she has decided to come back to her
Lasell family and participate in building
an even greater College in the future,"
said President Michael Alexander.
"Both Tom de Witt and Michael
Alexander encouraged me to take this
job, so I feel as if I am bridging the two
administrations: from the incredible
legacy of strength that Tom left to the
exciting promise of Michael's new vision
for the future," Kathy said.
"My hope is to work with current
alumni leadership to help recruit and
mentor new alumni Board members,
Overseers, and donors. It's a wonderful
opportunity for interested and commit-
ted individuals to shape Lasell's future
from a platform of success while keep-
ing the alumni voice strong."
With more than 15 years of direct experi-
ence in educational and other non-profit
settings, a special expertise in strategic
planning and problem-solving, major
gifts and planned giving, Kathy will
again become a powerful catalyst for
building Lasell's future by stoking the
fires of donor support at her alma mater.
In addition to her Associate of Science
degree from Lasell, Kathy holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Management, with
distinction, from Simmons College.
"The Institutional Advancement staff is
delighted that Kathy will be rejoining the
team. She is a consummate professional
with a wonderful track record. We are
so happy to have her back at Lasell,"
said Dean for Institutional Advancement
Ruth Shuman, who warmly expressed
the sentiments of the entire Lasell
IA team. ¥
Political Science Professor Paul DeBole is a
campaign aide for John McCain. He took
his State and Local Government class on
afield trip to McCain's presidential
announcement in New Hampshire and
they got to meet the candidate. (L to R)
Professor DeBole's daughter, Amber, John
McCain, and Stefano D'Agostino 'oy.
Student Initiated and Organized Event
"Readers as Leaders" Intercollegiate Conference is First of its Kind
(L to R) Conference coordinators Lisa Yong
'oj and Jessica Olivier '08.
There doesn't seem to be anything that
Lisa Yong '07 and Jessica Olivier '08
aren't willing to tackle, including initiat-
ing and organizing an intercollegiate
conference. As experienced America
Reads tutors, it occurred to them that a
way to make the program better would
be to get students from other participat-
ing colleges together to network and
learn from each other.
"Jessica and I are always tossing
thoughts around," says Lisa, "and hav-
ing a conference where college tutors
could talk to each other about America
Reads practices, successes, and chal-
lenges seemed like a natural. We first
mentioned the idea to Professor Sharyn
Lowenstein, director of the Center of
Community-Based Learning, in the
spring of 2006 and soon the "Readers
as Leaders" conference became a reality.
The Humanities Department and the
Donahue Institute co-sponsored the
event and we wrote a grant proposal to
Jim Ostrow, vice president for Academic
Affairs, and received some seed money."
Jessica is an Education major and did
an internship at Boston's Renaissance
Charter School where she worked with
Emerson College representatives to help
them get their own America Reads pro-
gram started there this fall. "We talked
about logistics and the model that
Lasell uses. This confirmed the idea
that organizing a forum for all area
colleges was a good idea."
The day of the conference was a full
one, with workshops in both the morn-
ing and the afternoon. Dr. Dan Butin,
assistant professor of Education at
Cambridge College with a strong back-
ground in service-learning pedagogy,
was the keynote speaker. Attendees
came from Simmons, Bentley,
Emerson, and Lasell.
A lot of positive feedback was received
about the quality and content of the five
workshops that were offered. Jessica
and Lisa ran one that covered America
Counts, a program that they started in
the fall of 2006. "Children can have as
much trouble with math as with read-
ing, so we thought why not start a
program based on the America Reads
model to help them. We began last fall
at the Renaissance Charter School and
now have eight tutors. In the workshop
we were able to talk to others about the
'1, 2, 3's' of starting something similar."
Jessica and Lisa are already planning to
hold another conference this academic
year. "We'd like to do it again on a big-
ger scale," says Lisa. "We've learned
what worked and what didn't work, so
we're already ahead of the game. We are
thinking about changing the focus a bit,
and concentrating on the social injus-
tices found within the greater context of
education — the education policies and
the differences in quality of the instruc-
tion students receive. There's a lot
tutors can brainstorm about on what we
can do to change these injustices." «
In a workshop, Lasell Education Professor Cathy Zeek discusses interactive strategies and
manipulatives that the America Reads tutors can use to strengthen their students' compre-
hension and vocabulary.
New Executive Assistant to the President
continued from page 2
"We traveled on lots of airplanes and
moved 14 times," she says nonchalantly
of her early life. "And no matter where
we moved, we always ended up back
in Korea because my mother wanted
to be home."
One of three daughters, Sandra has
lived in Alabama, Florida, New Mexico,
Georgia, Arizona, Guam, and now in
Massachusetts. "I'm a great packer,"
As a result of her frequent moves,
Sandra is comfortable with change,
adapting quickly and painlessly to
She earned her Associate of Arts degree
from the University of Maryland, Asian
Division, in Busan, South Korea — a
floating campus for the military,
changed her personal geography to
attend Regis College in Weston, MA
for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and
then opted for a Master of Science in
Child and Family Studies from
"I decided to leave Korea," she says of
her educational journey after her
Associate degree. I love Korea. It is
home to me, but I didn't want to live
I had to finish college somewhere and
one of my sisters lived here. Besides,
Regis is in the town of Weston — my
last name — so it seemed appropriate,"
she jokes. She also credits a scholarship
from the college with helping to cinch
Sandra tried corporate life briefly but
was drawn to education, first as an
English teacher back in Korea, then in
the United States, assisting in Korean
program coordination at Wide Horizons
for Children, in Waltham, MA.
In a relatively short period of time,
Sandra was where she thought she real-
ly should be, working in administration
for higher education — first at
Wheelock, where she was Executive
Assistant to the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and, prior to her
appointment at Lasell, serving as
the Administrative Assistant to the
President of Simmons College.
Sandra has been married four times
in one year — to the very same man,
she tells you happily. To satisfy Korean
tradition, she and Chad Gould married
twice in Korea and twice in the U.S.
"I guess I feel really, really married,"
"First, he flew to Korea to ask my father
for my hand," she reports. "It's a 24-
hour flight and he did it without telling
me. ..he surprised me," she says, con-
tentedly recalling her husband's sense
of romance and panache.
In Korea they had a Western style wed-
ding and a traditional Korean wedding
but the couple preempted those cere-
monies by first marrying civilly in this
country to smooth the way for their
Korean nuptials. And finally, in
September of last year, Sandra and
Chad married for the fourth time so
that his entire family could be present.
Team work in the President's office.
The couple lives in Weymouth, MA with
their beloved Toy Fox Terrier, Kimchi,
which means picked cabbage in Korean,
a delicacy in Sandra's native country.
Deeply spiritual and fascinated by all
facets of religion, Sandra brings a
refreshing sense of wonder to the
campus. She is currently enrolled
in a doctoral program in Christian
Education and Religious Studies at
Andersonville Theological Seminary
in Camilla, Georgia through which she
has the opportunity and joy to explore
more fully the subject of her zeal, r
I O Lasell Leaves
A Great Week to be Part of the Lasell Community
Connected Learning Symposium
What Thev Did
■ Wednesday. January 31
2007. Turner Broadcasting
used a guerilla marketing
campaign to promote a show
o( theirs on The Cartoon
Network Aqua Teen
• Guerilla Marketing is an
unconvemtonal way of
activities on a low I
■ They placed electronic
At the Poster Presentations (L to R) David Annunziata 'og, Stephen VanDerwerken 'og,
and Michael Curran '10 are prepared to discuss "Mistakes in Marketing."
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, ■j r ^r~'
"Students and faculty
should be very proud of the
indoor and outdoor displays
and exhibits, as well as the
wide range of presentations
and peformances, that
filled each day of the
Symposium," says Vice
President for Academic
Affairs Jim Gstrow.
"Connected Learning is all
about probing deeply into
the meaning of the world
through the imagination
and the intellect, and this
springs's Symposium repre-
sented the finest examples of
it that we have seen at the
College, with two spectacu-
lar fashion shows closing out
the week. The Symposium
is itself testimony to how
far this institution has
come over ig years
under the leadership
of President de Witt."
The audience in Sargent listens intently to seniors talk about their
Honors capstone projects.
As the models made their final walk down the fashion show runway,
the applause was deafening.
The range of topics covered and the conversations generated at the Symposium were impressive.
Lasell Leaves II
Eight New Full-Time Faculty Hired
continued from page 1
will help us to
program at both
and graduate lev-
els," Ostrow says.
"She will also lead
Curriculum initiative. Lori Rosenthal
and Sarabeth Golden both bring
tremendous energy and imagination to
are committed to
research, which is
a central priority
Dr. Lori Rosenthal for connected
learning at the
College. The same could certainly be
said of Debra Pace, who comes to Lasell
with a wealth of academic and profes-
sional experience; she will help us to
grow our Sport Management program.
Michael Daley is an accomplished
researcher in the
Science area and
will participate in
of new courses
Gerardo is not
only our new anthropologist; she is also
a playwright who will take the lead in
expanding performing arts at Lasell.
Fashion as we
initiatives in that
area. Tore Terrasi, an accomplished
artist, will help to strengthen our Studio
Arts and Graphic Design curricula as
we also explore new programming in
these areas as well. We welcome them
all to Lasell." "¥
Enhancing Life at Lasell
Student Success Committee to
Plan Series of Improvements
1 he Student Success Committee,
formerly the Retention Committee,
was created in the fall of 2005 with
the purpose of looking at student per-
sistence. The committee was charged
by Vice President for Enrollment
Management, Kathleen O'Connor,
with exploring the underlying themes
behind student departure and identify-
ing ways we might improve the Lasell
Dianne Polizzi, the College registrar,
and Nicole Ragognotti, the assistant
registrar, were asked to co-chair the
committee. Several long-serving staff
and faculty were asked to join the
committee to provide a broad under-
standing of Lasell students' needs and
concerns. Members of the Student
Success Committee include: Janice
Fletcher, director of the Counseling
Center; Rick Frederics, chair of the
Business Department; Felice Gordis,
chair of the Social Sciences
Department; Helena Santos, dean
of Advising & First Year Programs;
Michelle Sciarini, area coordinator in
Residential Life; and Jim Tweed, direc-
tor of Undergraduate Admission.
In the fall 2006, Teresa Farnham, a
nationally known retention consultant,
was engaged to assist the College in
developing an action plan stemming
from the work of the Student Success
Committee. Ms. Farnham's efforts
were integrated with the work of the
committee and a Planning Workshop
was held in March 2007 that brought
together the Student Success
Committee and 39 members of the
Lasell Community in a collaborative
approach to developing long and short
term goals for the continuing improve-
ment of the student experience.
From the day-long workshop, 27 action
plans were developed to support and
achieve the desired goals. Each action
plan was spearheaded by a member of
the community, taking the discussion
and work ever farther into the Lasell
community, engaging several alums in
As the action plans unfold and Lasell
welcomes an influx of new students,
it is clear that the whole College
has reaffirmed the commitment to
a student-centered, high quality
academic experience. '«'
Personal Resources Developed
Student Panel Reveals Challenges
Faced by Children of Immigrants
Left to right, the panelists are Kathy Montrevil '08, Mabel Valenzuela '07, Hafsa Lewis 'ol
and Fernando Ramirez '08.
At a Student Voices Forum sponsored
by the Donahue Institute for Values and
Public Life in conjunction with Social
Science Professor Marsha Mirkin, four
Lasell students openly discussed the
challenges they faced and the strengths
they developed as children of immi-
grants. They agreed that because of
different cultural upbringings, their
parents often had different ideas than
U.S. born parents about childrearing,
including dating, time with friends,
and appropriate behavior.
Academic Accomplishments Recognized
Lasell Students Inducted
into Alpha Phi Sigma
The new members of APS are (Front Row L to R) Marian Salama '08, Justine Dupree '07,
Trade Durda '07, Ashley Gleason '08, Ashley Luongo '07, Meghan Ressel '08, Timothy
Brennen '08; (Back Row L to R) Alison Carmichael '08, Brittany Baker '07, Dayna Eason
'07, Erika Burns '08, Katie LaChance '08, Kristie Lyon '08, Allyson Fiorello '08, and APS
advisor Professor Edward Sieh. Missing: Amanda Wasowski '07 and Shawna Kelly '07.
For the first time in Lasell' s history,
students were inducted into Alpha Phi
Sigma (APS), the Criminal Justice
Honor Society. APS is a nationally rec-
ognized honor society with over 280
chapters in different colleges and
universities across the country. Lasell's
highly qualified group of students are
in the Justice Studies Program, major-
ing either in Criminal Justice or Legal
Studies, and must have a 3.2 overall
GPA and a 3.2 in their major. «'
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Marjorie Reed Colley is still quilting and
driving all over Cape Cod.
An update from Adele de lEtoile
Breitenstein: "My health is okay. I wish
I had more pep, but I can manage. The
best news is that my son, his wife, and
two grandchildren moved back to Texas
Constance Griffin Lehoux was sorry to
miss the 70th reunion. She says, "I do
feel lucky to still be driving."
"I was thinking of you all and wished I
could have been at reunion," writes
Lynn Kenney Hettrick. "Stop by Peoria
if you get this way or drop me a line. I
would love to hear from my friends."
Lynn is doing well and still living in
Class of 1937
Marge Westgate Doran.
From Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Jean
Schultz Waddell writes, "I no longer
winter in southern California where I
saw Barbara Williams Hammell, but we
Our sincere condolences to Phyllis
Smillie Spence on the death of her
sister, Harriet Smillie Boynton '43,
(L to R) Front Row: June Cherry Bruns, Charlotte Bragg Burke, Barbara Rockwell
Carlstrand, Barbara Berkman Sherman, Marcia Corey Hanson, Kay Nunnery Rajferty;
Back Row: Dodie Mosher Stone, Trudy Ruch Kauffman, Muriel Stark Goldsmith.
Dee Bracher Jenkins '42 writes, "I have
had lung cancer since 1992 and have
survived three recurrences. I'm on oxy-
gen 24 hours a day so I don't go far
from home. I am thankful for every
breath and for my wonderful husband,
daughters, grandchildren, and precious
"I was sorry to miss reunion," writes
Louise Freeman Coombs, "but my
granddaughter was graduating from
high school in Montana that weekend."
Beatrice Lewis Potter was unable
to attend reunion. Her sister,
Florence Lewis DuBois '46, attended
her own reunion one year ago.
Beatrice is involved with unexpected
Our sincere condolences to Noel
Temple Manning on the death of her
husband, George, in July 2006. After
his death, Noel moved to North
Carolina to be close to her daughter, Dr.
Janice Martinson Neil '73. She says, "It
is a new life for me. Setting up this new
home is something for an 84-year-old,
but I feel fortunate to be able to do it.
"Have a wonderful reunion. Wish I
could be with you," writes Jean Walters
Goble. "I can't believe it's our 65th.
Where has the time gone? I know I am
getting old. I have seven grandchildren
and four great. Love to all."
Congratulations to Lynn Blodgett
Williamson who became a great-grand-
mother once again to a great-grandson.
Unable to attend reunion, Priscilla
Ames Ruggles reports, "Travel is diffi-
cult due to my macular degeneration."
Priscilla has three children and five
"I was sorry to miss this reunion. I am
disabled and walking is a chore. Bless
you all," writes Thea Chung Lang.
Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt is still
teaching water exercise. She says, "It
keeps me healthy."
"After 45 years of living at the same
address, I have had to move," writes
Janice Hayden Cummins. "My best to
the Class of '47."
Joyce Hayes Whitman was sorry to miss
reunion. She writes, "My husband and I
enjoy living year-round in Montauk on
Long Island. Our view of the ocean is
spectacular." Joyce's son, daughter, and
granddaughter live in Colorado and visit
during the summer for beach fun.
Our sincere condolences to Jody Lamb
Kingsley whose husband, Joe, died in
2005. Jody is retired and living in
Florida. She says, "I am traveling
whenever I can. I enjoy volunteer work,
mah jongg, and friends. I am still pretty
active. Hi to all."
Jean Morgan Koenitzer enjoys her
life in Florida as well as doing mission
work and caring for hurricane
survivors. Jean writes, "I am glad
Lasell is doing well. I am sorry to
miss our 60th reunion."
After spending Christmas 2006 in
Dallas, Dorothea Piranian drove to
Oklahoma to visit her former Lasell
roommate, Ruth Hilton. Dorothea says,
"We had a very special reunion after
over 50 years. Ruth has been in a nurs-
ing home for over three years now and
is an avid reader. I write to her every
week and enclose a list of best sellers
from the Sunday New York Times
June Smith Noreen is still enjoying life
in Meredith, NH. She says, "I would
welcome Lasell classmates."
Our sincere condolences to Beverly
Splitt Keller on the death of her
husband in February.
(L to R) Jeanne Franklin Bates,
Sarah Cross Finigan, Barbara
Lasell Class Notes \\
Our sincere condolences to Jean
Dickson Treveiler on the death of her
husband in August 2006. Jean is now
living with her daughter in Wayne, PA.
Thumper Grant Walter says, "Jean
Dickson Treveiler and I had a wonderful
several days together in Oklahoma.
We feel fortunate to have been able to
keep our friendship going over the years
and to be able to have in-person visits
every few years. This time we enjoyed
phone calls to Dode Molan Wheaton
in Minnesota and Dianne Fait Fleming
Elizabeth Harrington Logan has had
telephone and email "chats" with Jo
Sanborn Hickey, Mary Bush Williams,
and Corinne Capone McGuiggan.
Our sincere condolences to Pam
Martini Everett on the death of her
husband, Morris, in February.
Jane Wadhams Hazen emailed the
Alumni Office with this news about
Marty Hurd Davenport:
"When Marty returned home from the
hairdresser's, she found that her house
had burned to the ground. No one was
injured as her husband was in the hos-
pital recovering from an infected hip
replacement. The only thing salvaged
was the hard drive of a computer. If you
would like to contact Marty, her email
address is: email@example.com
Our sincere condolences to Marilyn
Weeden Davidson on the death of her
husband in 2006. Marilyn says, "I am
still adjusting to widowhood. I am
working part-time and volunteering at
a hospice facility. My son Bill has
declining health as his MS becomes
more aggressive. The church choir
director is a task master, but excellent
music keeps me on my toes."
Pat Graham Gordon says, "Enjoying life
in our new condo in Falmouth. I play
bridge and visit with Mary Wellington
McKoan '53 and Pat Taylor Henderson
'40. I am expecting my eighth grand-
child. Life is good!"
"I am happily settled in my new home
in Spring Lake Heights, NJ," writes
Janice McGoughran, "and enjoying
beach, boardwalk, and golf."
"My husband and I are still traveling
when we can," writes Joan Robilotto
Gibson. She and her husband went
to Tokyo to visit their daughter and
Linda Heather Venezia reports,
"Marianna Firebaugh Burgund '52 and
I are still good friends and see one
another often. We loved seeing Tom de
Witt and Margaret in February to sadly
say goodbye (very sadly)."
(L to R) Front Row: Bobbie Trout Krohn, Marilyn McGuire, Joanne Purcell Brooker;
Back Row: Missy Paulmier Hazell and Jo Raynal Rearwin. Attended reunion but
missing from photo: Barbara Herzog Bums and Ruth Easterlind Cederberg.
"We've been traveling a lot — the
Mediterranian in May and the Far East
in November. We try to see the grand-
children in between," writes Arlene
"We are no longer snowbirds after 22
years in Bonita Springs. It is time to
stay up north," writes Ann Van der
Ginny Snedaker Marschall was sorry to
miss her 55th reunion but was cruising
from Florida to Lisbon. She says, "We
are taking advantage of all the travel we
can while we can. We spent our 50th
anniversary in Tahiti. It was fabulous."
Ginny ends with this: "I hope to see you
for our 60th if good health is with us."
"We moved to Maine permanently to
have the ocean," writes Barbara Wenzel
Boucher, "and we joined the wonderful
'grandparents club' with the birth of
Our sincere condolences to Janet
Gleason Nolan on the death of her
sister, Shirley Gleason '45, in March.
Audrey Thompson Rielle is enjoying life
in Juniper, FL. She says, "Family and
friends like traveling down this way."
An update from Carole Mattucci Wall:
"I am spending seven months in
Florida and the rest of the time on
Cape Cod. I have nine grandchildren
in New Jersey. I play lots of golf."
Mary McLeman Brown had this to say
about her first grandchild born in
November 2006: "So precious."
Lorraine Nelson Stevens is still working
part-time as a travel agent. She says, "I
travel as much as possible. I am also
enjoying our grandchildren — two boys
and twin girls."
Shirley Read Lupien spent six weeks
this past winter in Florida with her
oldest daughter and family. Shirley has
eight grandchildren and enjoys living in
a 55+ year community.
Our sincere condolences to JoAnne
DiPietro DiMarco on the passing of her
husband, Tom, in November 2006.
Diana Hendley Cooper writes, "My
husband and I took a wonderful cruise
to the Scandinavian capitals and Russia
in June 2006."
From Honolulu, Bobbie Jennings says,
"I had written to Margaret Pearl Ide '36,
responding to her comment in Leaves
that she had lived in Bragdon and
Gardner, and letting her know that I
had lived in the same two houses. Much
to my surprise, it turns out that we both
lived in the same room in Gardner and
had the same experience — our room
was on the ground floor, off the front
porch, and a convenient room for those
in the house who had after-hour dates.
Seems like some things don't change in
"My very best wishes to the Class of
'57," writes Sara Collins, who was
unable to attend reunion.
Pat Howe Bassett is recovering from a
car accident in February.
Our sincere condolences to Peggy Ann
Kenison Glaister whose husband,
Frank, died in October 2006. Peggy
Ann writes, "My warmest wishes to all
my 1957 classmates. I am sorry not to
be able to attend our reunion. I regret
having to miss all the fun and renewed
friendships. I have begun a new chap-
ter/adventure in my life. I enjoy my
volunteer work, and my three children
and their children add spice to my
Virginia Krauss White and her husband
live in southern Maryland, just 45 min-
utes southeast of Washington, DC.
She writes, "I spoke to Joan Deshefy
Patenaude in Palm City, FL, and it was
wonderful to hear her voice. Say hello
to Nancye Van Deusen Connor and
Caroline Killam Moller for me. If any-
one drives south, feel free to visit."
"These 50 years sure did go fast," writes
Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder. "I was
sorry to miss reunion but one of my
grandsons was getting married that
weekend. I was thinking of you all
Class of 1957
(L to R) Front Row: Sonia Altland Griffith, Charlie Killam Moller, Cam Carlson
Ellsworth, Carol Swartz Kumin, Eileen Conradi lynch, Joan Deshefy Patenaude;
Second Row: Sue Stroup Gilbert, Bobbie Flint Gerold, Janie Coulter Langmaid, Bobbie
Sturges Kraus, Carol Braun Wissert, Carol Juechter Dixon; Third Row: Carol Preater
Feldmann, Dorothy Ann Pearson Proctor, Joan Kramer Edelman, Joan Pethybridge
Thompson, Marcia Jones Leighton, Janet Pockwinse; Last Row: Ada Whitmore Suydam,
Evelyn Sanders Brewster, Audrey MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham, Patiicia
Tarracciano Ciccone, Nancye Van Deusen Connor.
Lasell Class Notes
On two separate occasions, alumni got together in Connecticut.
(L to R) Joan Plaskon Tatigian '58,
Carol Christopher '58, Jeri Beard
"Enjoying retirement, travel, and our
10 grandchildren," writes Anita Polcari
Hume. "We spend winters in our new
home in St. Augustine, FL, but still
love New England and we return to
Belmont, MA in May. Wish I could
have been there at reunion."
"A herniated disc prevented me
from attending the reunion," writes
Barbara Polidor Kubichek. "I retired
two years ago from teaching and
working as a statistician at a hospital.
I have a husband, three daughters,
and nine grandchildren. I would love
to hear from Ellie Kuchta O'Neil,
Dot LeCaron Watson, and Ronnie
Carol Swartz Kumin had a knee replace-
ment in early April and planned to be
dancing by reunion.
Ada Whitmore Suydam is doing volun-
teer work and traveling.
"Hi to all in the Class of '58," writes
Judy Butler Weppel. "I am managing a
resale shop that supports a domestic
violence shelter for women. It is reward-
ing." Judy has a first grandson and all
(L to R) Margo Miller Larson '59,
Joan Plaskon Tatigian '58, Jeri Beard
An update from Joanne Curtis Island:
"I retired from marketing management.
I live five months in Connecticut and
seven months in Hobe Sound, FL. I love
music and golf."
i96o J s
Linda Leser Hughes and her husband
retired in December 2006. They spend
half the year in Ashland, MA and the
other half in Venice, FL.
An update from Nan Sparks Hunter in
Myrtle Beach, SC: "I took a trip to South
Africa in April, and my daughter got
married in June. If you are in the area,
give me a call."
Pat Buxton retired after 15 years
working as a recreation assistant in
"I am pleased to report that I'm healthy,
happy, enjoying retirement of seven
years, and glad to be alive and kickirf,"
writes Missie Lane Jarman. "Hope one
of these years to head north for a visit.
Sounds like good stuff is happening in
and around Lasell."
Ginny Tsouros Taylor says, "I was
delighted to have classmate Muriel
Bloom Bruskin and her husband visit
our new summer home in Plymouth,
MA." Ginny and her husband spend
five months there and seven months in
Vero Beach where her grandchildren
live 10 minutes away. Ginny also stays
in touch with Linda Bald Lathrop and
former roommates Janet Conte Lewis
and Elaine Abodeely Saliba.
Claire Lipton Zimmers reports, "Our
blended-bonded family enjoys five mar-
ried children and 16 grandchildren.
Life is truly good."
Jo-Anne Blaine Waleik, Julie Clark
Doescher, and Jane Pearson Varley have
had a couple of reunions in Florida.
Jane says, "What fun we have had
reminiscing about our Lasell days."
Our sincere condolences to Anne
DeArment Kleffel on the death of her
mother, Janet Owens DeArment '37,
An invitation from Linda Foster Nixon:
"Running First Night Chatham is quite
a challenge. Join us and come and ring
in New Year's Eve with a celebration of
Vicki Tenney Graboys had lunch with
Patty Rhert Keating and Lynn Smith.
Laurie Ranters Micheau is a district
sales manager for Novartis
Pharmaceuticals. She and her husband
celebrated their 15th anniversary.
She says, "We are now the proud
grandparents of three."
Janice Taylor Perruzzi writes, "After 20
years, I finally saw my former room-
mate, Bev Walker Neilipovitz, from
Harrow, Ontario. We haven't changed
A mini reunion in Florida for class-
mates (L to R) Ellen Wagner Call
and Beth Anderson Roy.
Betsy Gimbel Ratner is a creativity
specialist. She says, "I help people
explore their strengths as well as areas
that need assistance. The end result is
increased awareness, more creativity,
Linda Luskin Towne recalls several
milestones: "For the past eight months I
have been working as a faculty assistant
for 19 awesome law professors at
Western New England College School of
Law and love it. I reached my 2-year
anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.
My husband and I celebrated our 12th
wedding anniversary. We have two pre-
cious grandchildren. We've got lots to be
Nancy Rosenthal Klein's oldest daughter
got married and had a destination
wedding in September 2006.
Eileen McGuckian is the nursing educa-
tor for the peri-anesthesia department at
Children's Hospital of the King's
Daughters. She lives with her daughter
and three cats.
Class of 1962
Class of 1967
(L to R) Front Row: Marilyn Richo Coffey, Pat McNulty Magnotta, Maria Lupoli Lewis;
Back Row. Pat Buxton, Roseann Santoro Krodel, Sally Nutter Carpenter.
(L to R) Front Row: Katie McDonough Ryan and Martha Rorty Boiardi;
Back Row: Betsy Webb Cheney, Kathy Morgan Lucey, Gwynne Gates Cosgriff.
Lasell Class Notes I^J
(L to R) Front Row: Meredith
Brennan Dance, Lynn Munson
Cashman, Gayle Yatzak Molnar,
Toby dayman, Beth Andrews
Haidet; Back Row: Jeanne J ohnsen,
Bonnie Berman Wugman, Nancy
Armstrong, Deborah Glynn Jones.
late summer or fall. Her company,
Allison Sargent Events, is a full-service
organization that plans, creates, and
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Nancy Lexander Anderson says, "I
cannot attend our 30th reunion as I
will be attending my son's graduation
Terri Canavan Loe was unable to attend
reunion as she was on a mission trip
to Honduras. Terri writes, "We will be
giving medical aid, rebuilding an
orphanage as well as helping with the
summer vacation Bible program. I will
miss seeing you all but must do what I
am called to do."
Class of 1982
(L to R) Corinne Guyett Norris and
(L to R) Trisha Wing Bartenstein,
Sue Parker, Heather Woods Keller.
An update from Amy Hament Wister:
"I manage my husband's internal
medicine practice of four physicians.
I have been married for 17 years. I mar-
ried late in life and didn't have children
right away so that's why I now have a
6-year-old. Besides working hard, I
enjoy traveling, skiing, tennis, biking,
Kristin Cooksley Magnussen earned an
MSN in Education from the University
Our sincere condolences to Adria
Goldman Gross on the death of
Janet Mester Hay is currently living in
the mid-west with her family. She has
a daughter in high school and a son
Allison Hague Sargent auditioned suc-
cessfully for the role of wedding expert
for the reality TV show, "Whose
Wedding is it Anyway?" The show's
camera crew will begin taping the day
Allison is introduced to the couple and
will finish taping when the bride tosses
her bouquet. The segment will air in the
During her mission in Honduras, Terri
Canavan Loe 'jj spent time working
with babies with malnutrition.
(L to R) Marsha Camp, Lynne
Pantaleo-Congdon, Meg Benoit Sapia,
Jan MacLeod 'jg.
Ronnie Cohen Romanuck says, "I am
enjoying good health, my husband, and
small dog in Raynham, MA. I encour-
age other alumni to support our Lasell."
Cyndy Shaw is a massage therapist with
a specialty in zero balancing and teach-
es a dance class called dancenergy.
Nancy Lambert D'Antonio works as a
case manager in obstetrics at
Massachusetts General Hospital.
While stopping for breakfast at a New
Hampshire restaurant, Nancy recog-
nized Connie Milner, former director
of the Lasell College nursing program,
sitting at a table. Nancy joined Connie
and they had a great visit.
Kimberly Rowe Galli and Mary Ellen
Noonan say they would love to hear
from some of their old Lasell friends.
Kim - firstname.lastname@example.org, Mary Ellen
Carolyn Piccolino Decker is "happily
married for 9+ years and living in
Bartlett, IL in the same house we built
9 years ago." Carolyn finished an MBA
from the Keller Graduate School of
Management in 2002 and worked for
an online university for two years before
she decided to go back to school.
"I hope to graduate by the end of 2007
with an Ed.D. in Organizational
Leadership from Argosy University.
Last fall, Tenisha Walton started a busi-
ness called Southern Pleasures Bath
and Body Company. She says, "I have
been in North Carolina for close to two
years and am in the process of trying to
apply to OT school."
Elizabeth Ramger completed an M.Ed.
and is currently working as a guidance
counselor and special education teach-
ing assistant in Newton.
Kara Roop is studying International
Education Development at Teachers
College and living in Rye, NY. Kara says,
"It is quite a contrast from the Kalahari
Desert where I was living."
Joanna Winslow proudly toots her horn:
"From May 10 through June 10, a poster
promoting Boston's Gay Pride Week
sported my smiling face along with
about 25 other people all over the
Boston T (that's the subway system in
Boston for those of you not from the
area) as part of a campaign to promote
Boston's Gay Pride Week."
Allison Hague Sargent 'y6.
(L to R) Wendy Ford Foley, Andrea Callahan Russo, Rachel Brown Mitchell, Lisa
Hawks Gillum, Ann Mignosa.
Lasell Class Notes
Melissa Mcintosh is department
coordinator of the maternity unit at
the Newton- Wellesley Hospital. She
describes herself as a "working mom
and loving partner."
Melissa Pante Leger is the Director of
Design for Guess women's footwear
for Marc Fisher Footwear in Greenwich,
CT. Her new husband, Chris Leger,
is a Physical Therapy Assistant at the
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla,
NY. Chris will begin working toward
his Doctorate in PT at Mercy College
Frantzces Lys received the Faculty
Leadership Award at Simmons School
of Social Work (see story p. 21).
In October 2006, Hillary Collins
received an M.S. in Exceptional Student
Education from Nova Southeastern
University in Fort Lauderdale, and
began teaching before the school year
ended. She and her boyfriend bought
their first house in Port St. Lucie, FL
a few months ago. Hillary says,
"We are nicely settling into our new
home and city."
Former roommates got together
in June (L to R) Kathy Yates '05 and
Deb Lestch '05.
Class of 1997
(L to R) Jenn Toscano and
An update from Mitchell Phillips:
"I work downtown in the financial dis-
trict for a financial systems consulting
firm. I love the area, and my office over-
looks Boston Harbor. I bought my first
house over five months ago in Waltham.
It is tough being a homeowner. If any-
one is downtown or in the Moody Street
area, give me a ring."
Jen Pothier Mueller is a footwear devel-
oper for Stride Rite Corporation in
Kate Eldridge is working on a dual
Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and
Psychology at Suffolk University. She
lives in South Boston. Kate says,
"Boston is a great city. If you are ever in
town, give me a ring. Good luck to all,
and keep in touch."
"It is hard to believe that just two years
ago I was sitting in a classroom and
now I am a professional, "writes Krystal
Kuczmiec. "I am currently working as a
housing advocate for South Middlesex
Opportunity Council in Framingham.
I work with homeless families, helping
them find affordable places to live."
Elizabeth D'Esopo is studying for a
Master's Degree in Criminal Justice
at Suffolk University in Boston.
An update from Jenny Du Puis:
"Since graduating, I worked as a cos-
tume assistant for Circus Smirkus in
rural Vermont and a
wardrobe/stitcher/craftsperson for the
in Houston. In my newest adventure,
I will be touring with the musical,
"Hairspray." We will be all over the
country and in Japan for the summer."
A casting call for the reality-TV show,
"Project Runway," drew nearly 200
fashion designers. Included in the
hopefuls was Avari Thomas who
works as a bridal consultant. She
arrived at the casting call toting an
ostrich-feather dress and silk jacket.
She says, "I like all of the challenges,
the competition, seeing how people
express themselves creatively, and
seeing people's perspectives."
Brittany Baker accepted the position of
Student Financial Planning Coordinator
at Lasell College.
Elizabeth Huston says her dreams have
come true. She secured a job as an
advertising account executive with
Mongoose Media and will be moving
Upcoming Alumni Events
If you would be interested in
sponsoring or helping to organize an
alumni event in the future, please
contact the Alumni Relations Office,
1844 Commonwealth Avenue,
Newton, MA 02466-2716, 617-243-2139,
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the Last Decade r . ... - „ „
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the door. Complimentary admission for the Class of
2007. To R.S.V.P. visit www.lasellalumni.org/sissyks or
call the Alumni Relations Office, 617-243-2467.
Sunday, October 21
is River Day/Family
Friends Weekend at
the Lasell College Stoller
Boathouse on the Charles River.
Calling Alumni Athletes! Family & Friends
Weekend is Oct. 19-21, 2007
8:00 a.m. Men's Alumni Soccer game
9:00 a.m. Women's Alumni Soccer game
3:00 p.m. Women's Alumni Volleyball/
Men's Alumni Volleyball games
4:30 p.m. Alumni Athlete Reception - TBA
11:00 a.m. Alumni River Day Canoe races -
Stoller Boat House
12:00 p.m. Men's Alumni Lacrosse game -
j v Sunday, December 9 -
p-\ Waltham, MA - "It's Christmas
(QlriSuliasilimc T' me " musical spectacular. The
Reagle Players. Beginning with appe-
tizers at The Naked Fish at 3 p.m. Production at 5 p.m.
$47 per person. Two tickets per alum.
Florida - We plan to be in Florida during the first
week of February and the first week of March, 2008,
for welcome receptions for President Michael B.
Alexander. If you have not heard from us about a
reception near you, please contact us.
May 16-18, 2008 - Reunion
Check out the Lasell College alumni web
site www.lasellalumni.org for more infor-
mation. Please email the Alumni Relations
Office at email@example.com with any
address changes or class notes.
A Master's degree may
be closer than you think.
Lasell College is pleased to offer a 20%
tuition discount for graduate study to
alumni who have earned a Lasell degree
and hold a bachelor's. Learn more about
Lasell's Master of Science in Management
program and its concentrations by con-
tacting Adrienne Franciosi, Director of
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Lasell Class Notes 17
Robin Tavekelian '82 to Bill Post
Elizabeth Ramger '99 to Kevin O'Neil
Danielle Blais '01 to Matthew Flad
Beth D'Esopo '06 to Chris Bauch
Lyndsay Moore '06 to Mike Fortunato
Sean Mari MSM '06 to Amanda Welker
Nancy Hall '75 to James Young
on June 3, 2007
Nancy Martinson Cali '78 to Russell
Meekine in July 2005
Brandi Robinson '93 to Bill Dunlop, Jr.
on July 14, 2007
Emily Usher '02 to Peter Pacheco
on September 30, 2006
Victor Cipolla '03 to Damon Mininni
on May 6, 2006
Melissa Pante '03 to Christopher
Leger '03 on April 15, 2007
Jennifer Pothier '04 to Jason Mueller
on September 3, 2006
Julie Monaco Giles '99, a daughter,
Kaitlyn Julia, on May 25, 2007
Theresa Ashe Capasso '03, twins,
Joseph Donato and Isabella Rose,
on November 7, 2006
Mabel Burns Coleman '28
in June 2007
Janet Scott Morse '28
on April 18, 2007
Natalie Whitaker Spalding '31
on May 12, 2007
Celia Kinsley Percival '34
on June 16, 2007
Gertrude Morris MacCallum '35
on May 28, 2007
Janet Owens DeArment '37
on May 11, 2007
Virginia "Gigi" Amesbury Stone '38
on April 20, 2007
Elizabeth Clark Brighton '38
on January 27, 2007
Miriam Livingstone Schroeder '38
Eltress Huber Means '39
on February 1, 2007
Mary Raulinaitis Rooney '39
on January 27, 2007
Ellen Stoll Belbruno '39
on May 5, 2007
Henrietta Jugo Judd '40
on May 27, 2007
Susan Ridley '40
in January 2007
Marjorie Sherman '40
on May 7, 2007
Natalie Franks Hailer '43
in April 2007
Jean Phillips Canning '43
on February 25, 2007
Harriet Smillie Boynton '43
on April 8, 2007
Elizabeth Bradway Lee '44
on April 24, 2007
Ann Carlin Schofield '45
on May 19, 2007
Shirley Gleason '45
on March 18, 2007
Gwen Norton Mercer '45
on June 12, 2007
Ann Caruso Short '46
Betsey Gavitt '47 in 1997
Ruthe Powers Wlodyka '47
on June 8, 2007
Muriel Diversi Cuddy '48
on May 9, 2007
Madeleine Koempel Congdon '48
on August 1, 2006
Ann DeFilippis Cedrone '49
Jean Sargent Lee '49
on August 15, 2007
Anna Fish Shriber '51
Shirley Warriner Randall '52
on May 29, 2007
Ruth Birch Bastis '55
on June 9, 2007
Nancy Jerome Howell '57
on June 15, 2007
Judith Smith Smith '57
on January 8, 2007
Jetta Fucito Pendrick '58
on April 5, 2007
Jennifer Green Riggs '63
Nancy Olson '66
on May 26, 2007
Martha Brighton Spencer '71
on March 4, 2007
Mary Bobbitt '73
Patricia Colpitts, nursing faculty
Jean Sargent Lee
'49 passed away
on August 15,
2007. A poet and
author, she was a
long learning and
Lasell was very fortunate to have her
donate her talents to the College so
wholeheartedly. After attending her 45th
Reunion, she reacquainted herself with
life at Lasell and not long afterward
joined the Board of Overseers. She was
elected to the Board of Trustees in 1996,
was the Major Gifts Chair for the Lasell
150 Campaign, and was Chair of the
Bragdon Campaign. Underscoring her
dedication to the importance of educa-
tion, she established the Jean '49 and
Cynthia '78 Sargent Lee Endowed
Scholarship. She is survived by Robert S.
Lee, her husband of 51 years, her three
children, and her two grandchildren.
In February 2007, after learning of her
cancer, she wrote:
The Best of Times — The Worst of Times!
If, three weeks ago, I could have imagined
how all this "head stuff' would work out
I probably wouldn't have played it straight on
and wondered how it could have been
playing tricks on and on in my head -
Don't let fear override your faith.
When the taste of fear enters your
sleepy little head let it rest — let it rest!
This happened to me today and just when
I thought I had imagined all the worst,
I managed to awake to the thought
that perhaps this was the best and
I should face up to the fact.
lean S. Lee
Lasell Class Notes
Lasell Marks VTech Tragedy with Gathering
College's In-Place Emergency Plan
Reviewed and Updated Regularly
The horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech,
on April 16, 2007 — a school shooting
that claimed the lives of 32 people and
resulted in the wounding of 25 by a stu-
dent gunman who died by suicide —
spurred an outpouring of grief by the
Lasell community, which gathered in
Rosen Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m.
on Friday, April 20, 2007, for a time of
silent reflection, remembrance, prayers,
Organized by the Student Affairs staff
along with representatives of student
government, the gathering was a
somber and respectful one at which
attendees took the opportunity to sign
a book of condolences that was sent to
the president of Virginia Tech.
The deadly campus shooting provoked
a wholesale reevaluation of emergency
response plans at colleges and
institutions throughout the country,
LaseU's response to any manner of
emergencies is articulated in a compre-
hensive Emergency Response and
Management Plan that is periodically
reviewed and updated, when necessary,
by a standing Emergency Response
Committee of essential personnel repre-
senting every major area of governance
at the College.
Although no plan is foolproof, and
every tragedy such as the one at Virginia
Tech provides new insights into ways
in which a plan can and should be
Lasell Remembrance Poster.
fortified, Lasell works vigilantly to
ensure that if the unthinkable happens,
the College will be prepared to respond
in the best possible way to protect
members of our community.
In addition to our campus police — who
have been trained to respond to specific
occurrences — Lasell has a working
emergency procedure that involves a full
complement of personnel, including
the President, his Senior Management
Team, residence hall staff, internal and
external communication designees, the
IT department, and counseling profes-
sionals each of whom is ready and able
to respond. W
Alumni Respond to Virginia Tech Tragedy
President de Witt sent a letter to the Lasell Community expressing his shock at the
senseless violence visited upon Virginia Tech. "This tragedy reminds us that no
campus is ever completely secure, " he said, "and the incident was made all the
more horrific because it occurred in a place dedicated to teaching, learning, and
the open expression of ideas."
Emails from alumni poured into Lasell, a few of which are quoted below.
Thank you for sharing
President de Witt's letter to
the Lasell Community.
I very much appreciate the
voice of love and honesty in his
words. This is truly a painful
event that is hard to digest
and understand. JJ
— Heather Heath Reed '68
' The President's letter gave me
a sense of comfort — knowing
that people are coming
together to face this horrible
situation and doing what
we can to comfort others.
And yes, to take precautions
for the future. J J
— Ruth Fulton Rardin '40
Student Trip to Nicaragua
Faculty International Service
Learning Think Tank Proposes New
Service-Based Study Opportunity
The enormous success of LaseU's
Mexico Shoulder to Shoulder Program,
which is now entering its sixth year,
prompted a group of faculty to form a
group whose express mission is to nur-
ture development of international
course-and-service trips for students.
They call themselves the International
Service Learning Think Tank and they
began meeting in the fall of 2006.
"We have been engaged in reading
challenging texts on global poverty and
service-learning across cultures," says
English Professor and Director of the
Honors Program Stephanie Athey.
"We have an increasing number of
students who have applied to Shoulder
to Shoulder and been turned away
and we felt it was time to increase the
variety of service possibilities for Lasell
students. So, we began exploring inter-
national partnerships that will broaden
our global curriculum and deepen our
Librarian and Mexico On- Site
Coordinator Lydia Pittman learned of
the San Juan Del Sur Biblioteca Movil
through Simmons College Graduate
School of Library and Information
Science, where she received her M.L.S.
"It is an established literacy and book-
mobile program that brings books to
remote areas in Nicaragua, reaching out
to children, their parents, and teachers "
Our hearts are so heavy for all
these children from Virginia
Tech, as well as for the children
who are attending colleges all
around the country. They have
lost their sense of security in a
place where they once felt safe.
I always felt so safe at Lasell
and I felt that there were
always people looking out for
my well being, ff
— Karen Campbell Murdoch '91
Think Tank members (standing L to R)
Librarian Lydia Pittman, Criminal Justice
Professor, Linda Bucci, Director of the
Center for Community-Based Learning
Sharyn Lowenstein, (seated top to bottom)
Fashion Design Professor Jill Carey,
English Professor and Director of the
Honors Program Stephanie Athey, and
Sociology Professor and Director of the
Donahue Institute Tessa LeRoux. Missing:
Art Professor Margo Lemieux.
The concept of lending libraries is
unfamiliar in Nicaragua, and in Central
America as a whole, so there is an
appalling lack of books and information
available. In 2002, the San Juan del
Sur Biblioteca Movil became the first
stationary public lending library in
Nicaragua and, in 2003, the organiza-
tion began bringing books to remote
surrounding areas via their pickup
truck/bookmobile. They currently
serve 26 communities.
In August, Lydia and Stephanie traveled
to San Juan Del Sur to explore what
service possibilities would be available
to Lasell students through the bookmo-
bile operation. "We went to see if our
students would only work with literacy
issues or if there might be manual
labor projects as well. We also explored
educational day trips," Lydia explains.
The final form of the trip is currently
being discussed, but there will be some
mandatory meetings before the group
departs that will cover background
history and cultural tips. Once this
service-learning partnership is fully
up and running, the Think Tank is
discussing proposals for study trips
to Italy and London. 'W
Lasell Leaves I Q
Dealing with the Threat
Dr. Louise Richardson Discusses the Terrorist Movement
Unfortunately, it currently seems that
not a day goes by when the news isn't
filled with stories of terrorist attacks.
The era of the Cold War has morphed
into the years of terrorism and to
educate the Lasell community on this
movement, the Donahue Institute,
Criminal Justice Professor Ed Sieh's
class on Terrorism, and the Alpha
Phi Sigma Honor Society asked
Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute
for Advanced Study Louise Richardson
Author of What Terrorists Want:
Understanding the Enemy, Containing
the Threat, Dr. Richardson lectures
widely on terrorism and international
security and has appeared on CNN,
the BBC, PBS, NPR, and a host of
other media outlets. She was awarded
the Levenson Prize, given by the vote
of the undergraduate student body to
the best teachers at Harvard, for her
class "Terrorist Movements in
"Terrorism is the deliberate targeting of
non-combatants for a political purpose,"
she explained. "It must be politically
inspired, otherwise it is just a crime.
And, it involves violence. Terrorists don't
want to defeat the enemy, they want to
communicate a political message and
they choose symbolic topics. The victim
and the audience are not the same.
"Publicity is the oxygen of terrorism,"
she continued. "The media fans the
public's fears. A resilient public is what
Dr. Richardson feels that the United
States has made two big mistakes. The
first was declaring a war on terrorism.
"We played directly into their hands by
giving them renown and elevating their
stature." The second was connecting
Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
"By making that connection we have
made it more difficult," she said, "and,
we were never were able to mobilize the
international community behind us."
She pointed out that terrorism is neither
a new phenomenon nor is it the pri-
mary reserve of Islam. "All religions
have had terrorists. Also, they are not
irrational and they are not amoral. They
believe in the morality of their cause
and they operate within self-imposed
restraints. However, they have only a
very vague conception of what it is that
they want to create. They are fixated on
what is wrong."
Containing the threat of terrorism is dif-
ficult. "Have defensible and achievable
goals," she said. "Live by your principles
(although Abu Ghraib has made this
more difficult) and know your enemy —
have good intelligence. Separate terror-
ists from their communities. By engag-
ing the moderates in these communities
it makes it harder for the terrorists
In closing, Dr. Richardson emphasized
the need for the United States to have
(L to R) Dr. Louise Richardson and
Professor Ed Sieh.
patience and keep its perspective.
"We've assumed that we have a
monopoly on being correct," she
said. "We need to be concerned with
what's effective against terrorism and
at what cost." W
Teens Visit Campus
Lasell Hosts Global Citizens
Leadership Development Program
In July, Lasell College welcomed 20
students from Global Citizens, a holis-
tic, Cambridge-based youth program for
an afternoon of college awareness. "This
is something that we do on a regular
basis," says James Tweed, director of
Undergraduate Admission. "It's one of
the many ways we (the Lasell College
community) work to educate young
people about the importance of higher
education. Today we filled a need in our
community — we were able to show-
case Lasell, provide career planning,
and demonstrate for the students from
Global Citizens how to access and
afford higher education."
The introduction to college at Lasell for
the Global Citizens students included a
campus tour, an overview of admission,
financial aid, college athletics, and also
provided these young adults, ages 16 to
18, with a sampling of two of Lasell's
popular majors, Fashion and
Communication. The afternoon activi-
ties enabled the group to discover how
a college education, including valuable
professional experience and contacts
through internships within the fashion
and communication industries,
will make them ready to embark on
Students from Global Citizens take an ice
cream break during their full afternoon
The Global Citizens program is
designed to help high schoolers develop
leadership skills and to make them into
global citizens, according to program
Director Felicia Pitterson. With a target
population of 16- to 18-year-olds, the
young people tackle new areas of learn-
ing throughout a summer of "theme
weeks." Their arrival at Lasell College
coincided with a focus on college
preparatory and job readiness.
"Lasell College is pleased to be involved
in this collaborative effort and to sup-
port an initiative that truly impacts the
lives of young people," says James
Tweed. "The Global Citizens Program's
focus on cooperative education fits
perfectly with Lasell's educational
philosophy, connected learning." 'ft'
Annual Service and Social justice
VI hat are you outraged by?" asked
Donahue Institute Director Tessa
LeRoux at the Annual Service and Social
Justice Recognition Reception. The stu-
dents who were present in de Witt Hall
were all there because they want to
build a better world and are doing
something about it.
The variety of programs that they were
involved in over the course of the year
was impressive. A mentoring program
with the children of mothers from "The
Second Step," an organization that pro-
vides services for abused women and
children, was new this year as was the
America Counts program that is
designed to promote math enjoyment
for elementary school students.
Many of the service projects were ongo-
ing, including the designing of new
mammogram robes called "Joanies" (in
honor of Fashion Professor Joan Morris,
who spearheaded the project) for
Newton-Wellesley Hospital. '*
Modeling the "Joanies," the mammogram robes designed for Newton-Wellesley Hospital,
are (L to R) Caitlin Small '07, Heather Daigle '07, Heather Floyd 'oj, Fashion Professor
Joan Morris, Kristin Augenfeld '10, and Fashion Professor Maritza Cantero Farrell.
2 O Lasell Leaves
The Muslim World
Two Lectures Focus on Islam
Donahue Institute sponsored speaker
Dr. Fatima Sadiqi addresses a packed
de Witt Hall.
In the volatile post 9/11 world,
Westerners have made many assump-
tions about Islam, both correct and
incorrect. Two lectures this past spring
focused on the complexities of under-
standing this religion and its association
Dr. Fatima Sadiqi, who was a visiting
Fulbright Scholar at Lasell in the spring
of 2004, spoke on the "Different Faces
of Islam." Dr. Sadiqi is Senior Professor
of Linguistics and Gender Studies at the
University of Fes, in Morocco. She
founded the Centre for Studies and
Research on Women at that university
and in September 2006, she was nomi-
nated by the UN Secretary-General as
one of the eight women members of the
Committee for Development Policy.
"Islam has never been homogeneous,"
said Dr. Sadiqi, "and it cannot be
defined geographically or racially.
Because of media hype, people today
associate the religion with terrorism,
but this is a dangerous stereotype."
The Moroccan women's movement and
the sociological, cultural, and historical
factors which crystallized in the birth
of Moroccan modern feminism is Dr.
Sadiqi's particular area of expertise. She
explained the role of faith, politics, and
gender in that country and traced the
women's movement starting in
"Islam is not a monolithic thing,"
she concluded. "It can be faith,
it can be politics, it can be cultural.
Don't put everything in one basket.
That is dangerous."
Joseph Aieta, the Joan Weiler Arnow
Professor and Professor of Humanities,
spoke on "Who is a Real Briton?
Muslims and Identity in Britain in the
Last Thirty Years." He defined culture
as the values and practices of one group
and, like Dr. Sadiqi, he pointed out,
"you can't make blanket statements
Professor Aieta noted that 70 percent of
the world's refugees are Muslims and
that in Europe no real effort has been
made to integrate them. In Britain,
foreign imams have been preaching in
the mosques, using racial discrimina-
tion and unemployment as the tools to
work up young Muslims.
"Islamaphobia persists," he said.
"Muslims and non-muslims lead paral-
lel lives that never touch. The Muslims
have been ghettoized." The past two
summers have seen terrorist violence
escalate in Britain, highlighting these
socio/religious problems. W
Poetry and the Spoken Word Give Youth a Chance
Frantzces Lys '03 Receives Faculty Leadership Award at Simmons
Frantzces Lys '03.
Hoetry is something I have done
since I can remember," says Frantzces
Lys '03. "Not only did I write it, but
I would go out and read it as well.
I was a member of the Black Out
Artist Collectors and we went to
different communities, performed,
and did workshops."
Frantzces received her M.S.W from
the Simmons School of Social Work
in 2007. She was given the Faculty
Leadership Award there for spearhead-
ing Roc da Mic, two spoken word
events that heralded back to what she
herself had done as a teen. "Frantzces
reached out to youth impacted by
violence and introduced us to a
form of self-expression that many of
us were not aware of," says Simmons
Associate Professor Lynn Sanford.
"She embodies empowerment."
At Simmons, Frantzces was a member
of the Association of Black Social
Workers, an organization that addresses
Black issues. "Our topic for the year
was youth of color and teen violence"
she says. "This gave me the impetus to
create Roc da Mic, a program where
teens could perform their pieces. I saw
it as a way to bring youth and adults
from diverse backgrounds and commu-
By emailing youth organizations and
promoting the event, Frantzces had 60
people attend the first Roc da Mic and a
tremendous amount of talent surfaced.
At the second show, there was a slightly
different format. "We did some open
mic," she says, "but we also had two
featured high school artists perform."
A large contingent from Lowell attend-
ed the first event and they were so
enthusiastic about how it went that
they have created their own group and
are going to continue doing it.
Simmons also wants Frantzces to return
next year to run Roc da Mic again.
"I didn't know there would be such a
wave," she exclaims.
At Lasell, her two Psychology intern-
ships made a huge impact on Frantzces
and reinforced her desire to be involved
with young people. "At the Boston Teen
Challenge Fund Coalition I worked with
youth who went out into their commu-
nities to influence their peers to make
the right choices," she recalls. "They
took it upon themselves to talk to adults
about how young people feel and I
really admired them. LaseU's internship
program is unique and it put me ahead
of the game when I began to think
about getting an advanced degree."
"Frantzces was a person regarded
by both faculty and her peers as a
leader — someone to look up to and
consult," recalls Psychology Professor
Felice Gordis. "Her kindness, wisdom,
and awareness of others were some
of her very special qualities and
I am so pleased that her work has
Seven other Lasell alumni who have or
are attending the Simmons School of
Social Work are Rachel Cottle '04, Kim
Irving '01, Amy Gleason '04, Elisa Ann
McKernan '03, Kianna Gooden '06,
Shelby Derissaint '02 and Lauren
DuFresne '03. W
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Sign up Early for Open Mic, All Ages, Everyone is Welcomed
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Lasell Leaves 2 1
Brandeis and Lasell Become Partners
Varsity Baseball added to
LaselPs Athletic Roster
What the Future Holds
Fashion Trend Forecaster David
Wolfe Looks into his Crystal Ball
For the first time in its history, Lasell
will be offering baseball. During the
introductory 2008 season, it will be a
club sport and it will move to varsity
status in 2009. "We are excited to be
starring a new program and to be
offering more opportunities for our
student athletes," says Athletic Director
A partnership with neighboring
Brandeis University is what has made
this possible. "Recently the Brandeis
crew learned that it wouldn't have a
boathouse next year and we have been
looking to add baseball to our roster,"
explains Walter. "Now Lasell will have
access to Brandeis' Stein Diamond and,
in return, Brandeis will be able to use
Lasell's Stoller Boathouse."
Brandeis will accommodate the
schedules of the two baseball teams
by adding lights to its field for night
practice and games. Lasell has agreed
to replace the dock on its boathouse.
"It is a win-win situation for everyone,"
says Walter. "It's a creative solution that
helps both institutions."
Baseball will become the 13th varsity
sport offered at Lasell and is the sixth
team sport for men. The team will
compete in the Great Northeast Athletic
Conference (GNAC). '«'
Shown in the photo above are (L to R) Fashion Professor Anne Vallely, trend forecaster
David Wolfe, and Fashion Department Chair Richard Bath.
#Vn engrossed audience listened
intently as internationally known trend
forecaster David Wolfe revealed his
thoughts on what would be hot for
the spring of 2008 at a forum titled
"The Big Picture: Fashion and Lifestyle
Trends." Wolfe's job is to help designers
decide what the average person might
actually want to buy. "You want to have
what she wants before she knows she
wants it," he explained.
For spring 2008, Wolfe predicts that
1940s styles are going to make their
return, noting that Prada has already
started to show this trend. He advised
looking at the new Marc Jacobs collec-
tion and, for those wondering who the
new fashion icon will be — Grace Kelly
is coming back. %'
Quality of Program Recognized
Rockwell Receives Accreditation
This summer the Holway Child Study
Center/ Rockwell, the half-day, school
year nursery program for children ages
three to five, became among the first in
the nation to earn accreditation from
the National Association for the
Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
— the nation's leading organization of
early childhood professionals.
Some young Rockwell students pause in
Although the Center has been accredited
by NAEYC since the early 1990s, the
accreditation process was "reinvented"
in 2006. To earn NAEYC accreditation
in the new system, Rockwell went
through an extensive self-study process,
measuring the program and its services
against the ten new NAEYC Early
Childhood Program Standards and more
than 400 related accreditation criteria.
The program received accreditation
after an on-site visit by an NAEYC
Assessor to ensure that the program
met each of the ten NAEYC program
standards. NAEYC accredited programs
are also subject to unannounced visits
during their accreditation, which lasts
for five years.
"The new NAEYC accreditation system
raises the bar for preschools, child care
centers, and other early childhood
programs," said Mark Ginsberg, Ph.D.,
executive director of NAEYC. "The
Holway Child Study Center accreditation
is a sign that they are leaders in a
national effort to invest in high-quality
early childhood education, and to help
give all children a better start."
Rockwell Child Study Center.
The new standards reflect the latest
research and best practices in early
childhood education and development.
NAEYC is committed to utilizing the
newest studies and analysis on positive
child outcomes to ensure young chil-
dren continue receiving the highest
quality care and education possible.
"I am so proud of our teachers, who
worked extremely hard to earn this
accreditation. Self-study, additional
documentation and evaluation were
added to their already busy daily
schedules. They are truly the finest of
the finest!! NAEYC accreditation lets
families in our community know that
their children are getting the best care
and early learning experiences possi-
ble," says Kathi Rudnicki, director of the
Holway Child Study Center/ Rockwell.
The Child Study Center/The Barn,
which provides a full-day, full-year day
care program for infants through five-
year olds, is currently going through the
22 Lasell Leaves
Parties Held to Bid Goodbye to Tom de Witt and Gretta Arnold
Tow does a college properly honor a
president who has served it for 19
years? This was the dilemma faced by
the Lasell community. For a year there
were plans in the making, some secret
and some known to Tom and to his
executive assistant, Gretta Arnold, who
Over the course of several weeks this
spring, Tom was feted by Lasell Village,
the student body, members of his
Cabinet, faculty and staff and, on June
25, by alumni and members of the
Board of Trustees, Overseers, and
Corporators. In a well guarded secret,
he was also awarded the Lasell Medallion
at Reunion (see story on p. 25). "I cannot
believe that you put one over on me again,"
smiled Tom, "especially since I have
been on my guard since the renaming
of Arnow Hall."
Below are photos of some of these
events. For more pictures, go to
At the faculty /staff farewell picnic, Tom stopped by every table.
Tom exhibits his prowess on the trumpet at his June 25
farewell party. (L to R) Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Erik Stapper, Tom de Witt, Trustee RoseMary B. Fuss,
Trustee Nancy Lawson Donahue '49, and New
Philharmonia Conductor Ron Knudsen.
Tom and Margaret admire the quilt that was presented to
them at the faculty /staff picnic. It was put together secretly
during the year and its squares hold pictures of Lasell build-
ings, the 29 class banners made during Tom's tenure, as well
as the signatures of every faculty and staff member.
At the June 25 party, Gretta Arnold shares a dance with
Nelson de Witt.
Faculty Member, Author, and Artist
Professor Margo Lemieux Donates
Her Books to Brennan Library
Professor Margo Lemieux is known for her artistic expression and her talents, which extend
beyond the classroom. In the 3990s, she was very involved in children's literature, both writ-
ing and illustrating books. She recently donated copies to the Brennan Library and they will
be housed in the Children's Literature section. As Professor Lemieux became more involved
with teaching, she stepped away from her writing but she still serves as the regional advisor
for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Pictured above (L to R) Librarian
Jill Shoemaker and Professor Lemieux are seated behind a selection of her books.
Each spring students who have gone above and beyond the norm are recognized for success-
fully meeting challenges that are both self- and College-imposed and for making outstanding
contributions to the life of the campus. (L to R) Lasell Bowl winners Jessica Olivier '08,
Casey Rich 'oy, Tabatha Torres 'oy, Yazmin Colon 'oy, Marian Salama '08, and Cathee
Hill 'oy, recipient of the Lasell Chair. In front is Ricardo Sanon '08, recipient of the Student
Leader of the Year Award. Missing: Lasell Bowl winner Estella Hernandes 'oy.
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Office of Alumni Relations
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Message from Karen Gill,
Director of Alumni Relations
Hello Lasell Alumni,
A great time was had by all at
Reunion! Lots of laughter and story-
telling went on long into the night as
we had a record number of alums stay
in the residence halls for the weekend.
It was also mixed with some sadness as
we bid adieu to Tom de Witt and
thanked him for his many years at the
helm of Lasell.
We welcomed Michael Alexander at
Reunion Convocation and look forward
with anticipation for the next chapter in
Lasell's history to be written. Please join
us at alumni events during the coming
year and be part of the fabric of Lasell's
Karen B. Gill
Director of Alumni Relations
Message from the President
of the Board of Management
5o at this exact moment, just hours
before this welcome note of sorts is due,
I am drawn back to my days at Lasell.
Perhaps it was a paper for Professor Joe
Aieta. For weeks I'm filled with brilliant
thoughts, clever concepts, everything
written so perfectly in my head. But
now, as the deadline is approaching,
I look at my screen and it is blank. My
insight is gone — where is it I wonder?
I know I had something to say (it is me
after all) or at least to chalk! I can hear
the womyn (that's how we spelled it
from 1994 to 1998) on my floor chat-
ting and laughing and thinking! I can
almost feel the leaves rustling outside of
my room (a coveted single) in the crisp
Massachusetts fall air.
I remember and I smile. Back then,
I lived in "New Dorm." Later it was
renamed Van Winkle — but it's the
same place in my heart. (Remember,
alums, we too can have buildings and
monuments named for us if we give
generously. So, call Michelle Walmsley
of the Annual Giving office for more
info at 617-243-2165.)
My time at Lasell was a period of
tremendous personal growth, full of
challenges, of friendships, of success, of
failures, of community and of love. It is
because of all of this that I am proud to
be your new President of the "BOM".
Yes, it's officially Lasell Alumni, Inc. —
the Board of Management, or perhaps
the Board of Memories. I prefer, howev-
er, the Board of Momentum.
We are truly entering a new era and I
am thrilled to be taking my first steps as
President (I love how that sounds) with
Lasell's new President Michael B.
Alexander. Please help me sustain your
legacy by attending our events, joining
our online community, and, of course,
calling or emailing us with your sugges-
tions and memories. Lasell needs your
energy, your stories. You are what gives
us our identity. Though some building
may have been renamed (perhaps in
honor of your former classmates) and
though you may have not walked across
campus in years, your footprints are
indeed imbedded in our foundation.
Looking forward to meeting YOU
Urit Chaimovitz, Class of '98
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Past Alumni Events...
Alumni at the Red Sox game in June.
Life after Lasell explained!
This booklet was made possible through the generous support
of the Lasell Board of Overseers
The Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services offered a seminar to the Senior Class
in the spring outlining the next stage of life after graduation. Topics of discussion included
managing student loans, finding affordable housing, healthcare, and shopping for a car.
Lasell Overseers sponsored the booklets (as shown in picture) and Overseer Joan Conradi
McLaughlin '$g sponsored the speaker.
President de Witt Receives the 2007 Medallion
President Thomas E.J. de Witt is presented the Lasell Medallion by Patti Beck Bishop 'gj,
President of Lasell Alumni, Inc.
I he 2007 Medallion Citation reads:
For 19 years the names Thomas E.J.
de Witt and Lasell College have been
synonymous and with Tom's vision,
drive, and tenacity the College has taken
giant steps into the future. Moving from
a small and fragile woman's junior
college to a thriving four year co-ed
institution that also offers graduate
degrees is quite a journey and one that
most would not dare to undertake. But
Tom saw the necessity and recognized
that his mission was to create a percep-
tion of what Lasell could be and to drive
the College forward.
Tom would be the first to say that he did
not travel alone — that he was accom-
panied by a strong Board of Trustees, an
accomplished faculty, a dedicated staff,
supportive alumni, and a loving family.
But he was the leader, he made things
happen, and he had an incredible sense
A Ph.D. in history and an MBA is an
unusual combination for a college
president and it provided Tom with
the ability to see both the financial
and the academic necessities that lay
ahead for Lasell. He took steps immedi-
ately after his arrival and within two
years Lasell was granted four-year status
and enrollment began to grow. In 1998,
Lasell became co-educational, a defining
moment. In 2002, the College received
an unqualified 10-year accreditation
Equally transforming was Tom's dream
of creating a retirement community on
the campus. Making the vision a reality
meant battling fierce opponents: the
City of Newton, arid the neighbors. It
took Tom's creativity to exploit a zoning
loophole and bring to life an academic
continuing care retirement community.
Even with Tom's tenacity, what was to
be a four year project took 12, but the
integration of the College and the
Village has brought Lasell national,
and international, recognition.
During Tom's tenure
buildings sprang up
not only at the
Village, but also
Five new dormito-
ries have been
largest and ready for
occupancy this fall), an
Athletic Center, a totally
renovated Winslow Academic Center,
and a Campus Center.
Much of this was made possible because
of the successful capital campaigns that
were run under his auspices. He has
raised over $40 million while also
building the endowment and still
having budget surpluses. Tom has
created a community that is fervently
supported by all those connected with it.
There is no way to express our gratitude
for all that you have done for Lasell.
It is impossible to envision where the
College would be today if it were not
for your leadership. The Lasell
Medallion is for a member of the
Lasell family who by virtue of distin-
guished service to the College has
brought honor to the name of Lasell.
There is no one more deserving. '«'
Call for Nominations
for Lasell Medallion
Each year a committee
appointed by the Alumni
Association's Board of
receive the Lasell
may be presented
to "any member of
the Lasell family who,
by virtue of distinguished
service to the College or
society at large, has brought
added honor to the name
Lasell." Nominations for the
2008 award, which will be
presented at Reunion
Convocation on May 17,
should be sent to the Office
of Alumni Relations.
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Alumni Reunion Weekend
Since rain was on the docket all Reunion
Weekend, this attractive footwear was
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The concert featured lots of old favorites and Pops-style tunes.
Wine tasting event.
Ice creams scoopers.
Hugs from friends.
The future graduates give a loud round of applause.
The final "swan song" for Celeste Hairing and Tom de Witt.
Marsha Mirkin, Ph.D., Offers a
Riveting Glimpse at Stories that
Help Mold Our Lives
Author and Assistant Lasell Professor Marsha Mirkin presented "The Women Who Dance
by the Sea" to a captivated audience.
Like a sorceress with the gift of spell
weaving, Dr. Marsha Mirkin presided
over a Reunion workshop that focused
on her book, The Women Who Danced
By the Sea: Finding Ourselves in the
Stories of Our Biblical Foremothers.
Despile the title's suggestion of the
scholarly, Dr. Mirkin, a clinical psychol-
ogist and passionate storyteller, who
teaches at Lasell, drew a classroom
packed with reunioners into her vivid
and involving stories — part biblical
narrative and part psychology.
"Fascinating," said several of those who
attended. "What a trip," said another.
The book has been widely reviewed and
well received. Among the Mirkin fans:
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When
Bad Things Happen To Good People, who
called The Women "a wise and wonder-
ful book, a book to open minds and
The Women Who Danced by the Sea is
available in paperback from Amazon
books and other bookstores. W
Winners of the Second Annual Theme Basket Raffle
The Lasell Alumni Association
sponsored "FUNDRAISINC BASKETS"
and a silent auction on Reunion Weekend and the proceeds (over
$2,700) benefited the Alumni
Student Scholarship Fund.
Katie McDonough Ryan '67
Crista Cannata '04
Robin Tavekelian '82
Garden Serenity Basket
Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57
Jean Petrino '97
Do-it-yourself Tool Basket
Sally Nutter Carpenter '62
Trader Joe's Asian Basket
Marsha Keyes Tucker '64
Patti Beck Bishop '97
Nicole Proia '07
Tea Time Basket
Silent Auction Winners
Cape Cod Weekend
Red Sox Tickets
Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57
Lasell Junior College Chair
Wendy Ford Foley '87
Oriental Rug Certificate
Deborah Lestch '95
Jessica Anthony '98, Linda Telfer '60, and Stephanie Kana '08 sold basket raffle tickets.
I he recipients of Alumni Association
Scholarships are returning students
who have financial need and have
demonstrated their outstanding ability
as scholars. They were selected from a
competitive pool of applicants and
bring a wide range of talents to the
Lasell community. They are leaders
and volunteers in extra-curricular
activities on and off campus.
The recipients for the 2007-2008
school year are:
Christina DeLuca, a senior Fashion
Design major from Johnston, Rl who
is president of the Student Athlete
Advisory Committee, member of the
Women's soccer and basketball team,
and gallery exhibitor.
Laura Gallagher, a junior honors
Graphic Design major from
Westwood, MA who is captain of
the Softball team, a member of the
Student Athlete Advisory Council,
field hockey team, and Polished
Magazine staff. She attended a New
Orleans Katrina cleanup tour as a
Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft, a senior
honors Fashion Merchandising
major from Biddeford, ME who is
Managing Editor of Polished
Magazine, past Emerging Leader
and Orientation leader, American
Reads tutor, and founder of the
Multi-Cultural Student Union.
Jennifer McCormack, a junior
Athletic Training major from Milford,
NH who is a member of the Athletic
Training Committee, certified coach
of a girls' soccer team, and holds
down a part-time server position.
Jessica Olivier, a senior Elementary
Education major from Somerville,
MA who is president of the Future
Educators Club, a member of Softball
intramurals, and a site liaison for
the Center for Community-Based
Marian Salama, a senior honors Legal
Studies major from Westerly, Rl who
is a past president of Student
Government, a Resident Assistant;
an American Reads tutor, a member
of the Women's Cross Country team,
and a past Emerging Leaders and
Stephen VanDerwerken, a junior
Business Management major from
Rockport, MA is involved with the
intramural basketball and Softball
teams. He is a volunteer in his town's
soccer league and works on campus
for the Sodexho dining services.
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Message from Michelle Walmsley:
Director of Annual Giving
Annual Fund Office
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466-2716
Fax: (617) 243-2383
Lasell donors truly set out to propel
the College to the next level of Annual
Giving. A quick outline of giving for
fiscal year 2007 shows how our con-
stituencies supported Lasell:
Alumni donors contributed $391,796,
nearly $50,000 more than fiscal
Parents — both current and former —
gave just over $29,000 to the College's
Annual Fund this year. As with the
alumni donors, this was significantly
more than last year.
Lasell faculty and staff continued to
show their support of the College
with steadily increased participation
and financial support for the Annual
Fund, donating $20,000 to Lasell to
show their belief in and support of
The College's boards (Trustees,
Overseers, Corporators and Alumni
Board of Management) gave generously
to the Annual Fund last year with nearly
$196,000 in support.
This generosity combined for a total
of $556,000 for the 2007 Annual
Fund campaign — just short of the
anticipated $600,000 goal. Our alumni
participation for the Annual Fund
dipped for fiscal year 2007, and it is
vital for us to bring that up for 2008.
More so than ever, last year's numbers
truly demonstrate that EVERY gift, no
matter the amount, is important.
We move into this fiscal year with a
new president, with one of the largest
freshmen classes we have ever
welcomed, and with a renewed goal
for the Annual Fund.
You will soon receive our Annual Fund
mailings or a call from one of our
Phonathon students. I ask you to con-
sider making your gift to the Annual
Fund, perhaps increasing last year's gift.
Our theme (below) for the 2008 fiscal
year encapsulates what our Annual
Fund is all about. I hope you will
support Lasell this year.
Annual Gifts. Daily Impact.
Make your impact today.
Director of Annual Giving
Recent Graduates Support Lasell
In this issue of Leaves,
we meet three recent
graduates who maintain
their connection with
Lasell through support
of the Annual Fund,
volunteerism, and keeping
the connections and
friendships they made
"When I came
to tour the
it was like
nothing I had
ever seen. It
was so pretty
and I felt so comfortable and at home
in my interview. I remember calling all
the time to see if I had been accepted
and when the answer was 'yes,' the
College also gave me the financial
assistance I needed.
"Lasell was my home for four
years and opened up a world of
opportunities and possibilities. I
found unconditional support and an
extended family and now I want to
give back. I am a member of the
Alumni Board of Management and,
because I want to keep Lasell available
to those in need, I give to the
Scholarship Fund. But, there are many
areas to support. Give a call to some-
one in the Annual Fund or Alumni
Relations office and find out where
your services or financial donation can
best be put to use.
"Take the chance and get involved.
You won't be sorry."
"I have been a
for three years
and Lasell gave
Lawnes Fevrier '02 me the leader-
and his wife Brittany shi P skills for
Jackson Fevrier '01. the job. I took
of the opportunities that were avail-
able at the College and this prepared
me for the future. I was an RA for two
years, an orientation leader, a member
of the Campus Activity Board (CAB)
for four years and its president for
one, and I played soccer for four years.
Each of these activities taught me how
to be a strong, supportive, responsible
individual and gave me the confidence
to move through life.
"I met my wife at Lasell and I'm still
very close with all of my Lasell friends.
I know the alumni who graduated
before me supported my time at
Lasell. Now I am doing my part to
support the current student body and
"To all my fellow recent alums I say,
'Get in the giving mood!'"
Danielle Ingalls '07.
"I am currently
searching for a
job and have
Lasell prepared me for this job search
process and has also given me the
impetus to look into graduate school
"I supported the Annual Fund this
past year because of the Senior Gift,
which was a scholarship for a fellow
classmate who passed away. I thought
it was an excellent way to remember
him and also support the school and
"To other alumni who are thinking
about giving to the Annual Fund, I say
it's a great opportunity to show pride
in our alma mater and to support
future Lasell students. Let's make the
school as wonderful as it can be."
If you are interested in supporting the Annual Fund, go to www.lasellalumni.org/annualfund or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Accomplished and Dedicated
Phonathon Captain Casey Rich '07 Leads the Team
T ave you ever wondered who exactly
is at the other end of the line when you
receive a call from the Lasell College
Phonathon? The students who are
selected to contact you are all outstand-
ing and under the leadership of their
captain, Casey Rich '07, they went
the extra mile this year and raised
$158,000. Casey inspired her peers and
they were all pleased with the results.
During her senior year, Casey managed
to balance her phonathon schedule with
her classes while also holding down two
other part-time jobs — working in the
Admission Office and being a Resident
Assistant. "But," says Casey, "my sched-
ule was filled with activities and jobs
that I chose to participate in and I knew
I was gaining personally and academi-
cally from every commitment. I would
do it all again and not leave a single
As the Phonathon Captain, Casey had
many pleasant experiences. "What I
really enjoyed was the opportunity to
connect with alumni. Some shared
great stories about their time at Lasell
and encouraged me to stay connected
and to maintain the friendships I've
made in college."
Approximately 90 percent of Lasell' s
current students are on some form of
financial aid, and Casey attended Lasell
on scholarship. This prompted her to
become educated about the Institutional
Advancement office and how her role
as a Phonathon caller tied in with the
money raised for the Annual Fund.
"I learned that the Annual Fund is
responsible for providing some finan-
cial aid for Lasell students, and since
I was lucky enough to be on the receiv-
ing end of these donated dollars, I felt
a responsibility to give back."
As an honors student in Fashion
Design and Production, Casey spent
her senior year working feverishly on
her clothing line titled, "A Fresh Coat."
These beautifully tailored 1960s
inspired coats were awarded second
place in the annual Lasell College
Senior Collections Fashion Show. "My
line caters to the needs of fashionable
women in the Boston area," she
explains. With her talent, Newbury
Street should be paying attention!
Phonathon Captain Casey Rich 'oj stands with two of her tailored coats that were featured
in the Senior Collections Fashion Show.
In May, Casey graduated summa cum
laude from Lasell College. With all of
these accomplishments, it is clear that
one of Lasell's newest graduates is
going places. Casey's dedication, hard
work, and enthusiasm helped make the
Phonathon a rousing success last year
and we are pleased to welcome her into
the Lasell Alumni Community! «
Bequests: Leaving a Legacy
wfe arc pleased to continue our series
of bequest donor profiles in this edition
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals
chose to support Lasell by making a
provision in their will or trust to
support the College at their death.
Each loved their alma mater and
believed in its future. We are grateful
for their foresight and generosity.
Together, our featured donors
bequeathed $377,000 to Lasell.
We hope they inspire you to consider
bequest support as part of your
philanthropic planning. For more
information or to request a bequest
language handout, please call or
graduated from Lasell
Seminary in 1928.
She hailed from
Tampa, Florida and
came to Auburndale
to study. In "The 1928 Lamp" it said,
"Early to bed and early to rise, does not
apply strictly in Henrie's case, for
although she retires late she manages to
rise early notwithstanding." Henrietta
was actively involved in college life.
She was a member of the Glee Club,
Orphean Club, Orchestra, Spanish Club,
Riding Club and Golf Club. In 1933,
Henrietta married Courtney W
Campbell who became a Florida con-
gressman in 1953. The bridge between
Tampa and Clearwater is named in his
honor. Until 1997, Henrietta had never
donated money to Lasell. In early 2000,
she gave her first and only gift of
$1000. Upon her death, on May 10,
2004 at 98 years old, Lasell was notified
that the College was in Henrietta's
will for 16% of her estate. In March
of this year, Lasell received a partial
distribution of $352,000. An additional
distribution will be made after the
sale of an undeveloped tract of land
located in Massachusetts. The funds
will be used to establish the Henrietta
described in the
1937 "Lasell Lamp"
as "dignified yet not
too much so —
of the smooth tradition — infectious
laugh." While a student at Lasell, she
was quite the athlete, having been a
member of the hockey, crew, and soccer
teams, and the riding club. Janet was a
long-time supporter of Lasell College;
she began as a modest $500 Annual
Fund donor. Janet became a Trustee of
the College in 1984 and served on the
Development Committee. As a member
of the Campaign for Lasell's steering
committee, she was instrumental to
College leadership in the planning and
execution of Lasell's first capital cam-
paign. In 1987, Janet was awarded the
Lasell Medallion for her loyalty and
years of volunteer service to the College.
During the remainder of her lifetime,
Janet gave generously to Lasell with
gifts totaling $269,000. DeArment
House was dedicated in June of 2000
in honor of Janet and her husband
George for their generous gift during
the Lasell 350 Campaign. Janet passed
away, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on
May n, 2007 and Lasell recentiy
received a bequest in the amount of
$25,000. Her other legacy to Lasell is
her daughter, Anne DeArment Kieffel,
a member of the Class of 1965. «
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The Lives of Supercentenarians
Author and Photographer Jerry Friedman
Discusses the Wisdom of Earth's Elders
#V few years ago 1 was impressed by
an article in the Ideas section of the
Globe titled ' Extreme Elders' said Dr.
Mark Sciegaj, director of the RoseMary
B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging
and Intergenerational Studies. "I tucked
it away for the fumre and am pleased
that Jerry Friedman, its author, is here at
Lasell Village today as the Fuss Center
Distinguished Lecmrer on Aging.
In his book Earth's Elders: The Wisdom
of the World's Oldest People, Jerry has
used his lens and his words to capture
the lives of 60 of the world's super-
centenarians — people who have
reached no years and older. He has
brought their spirits to life while giving
us insights into their health and the
It was serendipity that brought
Friedman to his topic. His mother had
moved into a retirement community
and he realized that he had no concept
of what her life was like. "I decided to
embed myself in the facility and I came
away with new ideas and experiences.
"I became friends with Lotty, who was
101. She was the oldest person I had
ever met and she was smart, articulate,
and funny. I wanted to know more
about her life and the lives of others her
age. I did some research on finding the
oldest people in America and that led
me to Robert Young, a demographer of
the world of supercentenarians."
Young gave Friedman access to his files
— countries, states, and names — and
the project of finding and interviewing
as many of these people as he could
contact began. "I came to realize how
fragile life can be. These individuals
might not be here tomorrow. I had to be
prepared to go anywhere at any time."
In his travels, Friedman met Ann from
Manchester-by-the-Sea who was born in
1891. "Her earliest memories were of
Teddy Roosevelt barnstorming across
the U.S.," he recalls, and in her photo-
graph, as in all the others in his book,
he placed images from her life behind
Other supercentenarians he pictured
were Fred, the oldest Red Sox fan in the
world, Pearl who lived a life of segrega-
tion but had a wonderful outlook,
explaining she lived to her age because
"women can cry," and Betty, the daugh-
ter of two slaves, who had 125 family
members around her all the time, each
of whom idolized her.
Friedman came to realize that there
were common threads running through
these people's lives. "Most grew up with
relatively large families, they were from
rural environments, and they ate organ-
ically because that's what there was,"
he explained. "Furthermore, most had
never really been sick, they were intel-
lectually alive and curious, had great
(L to R) Lasell Villagers Dr. Margery Silver, Dr. Iver Ravin, and Marian LeFevre engage
Jerry Friedman in a discussion as he signs copies of his book.
coping skills, and they were aware of
their age but it didn't matter to them."
Upon completion of his book, Friedman
went on to found the Earth's Elders
Foundation whose mission is to
improve the lives of the elderly by
raising awareness of them as valuable
members of our society and to inspire
a sense of personal responsibility that
will lead to improved integration of the
elderly within our society.
With a team of educators from the Bank
Street Graduate School of Education,
Friedman has designed a curriculum to
increase elementary school students'
awareness of and positive attitudes
towards the elderly. He has future plans
to expand and develop a curriculum that
is appropriate for high school students.
"This generation is an enormous
resource," Friedman concluded.
"Their lives need to be celebrated." e
Lasell House Receives Quality of
Care Approval for Third Time
Lasell House, the 38-bed, Medicare
certified, skilled nursing facility at
Lasell Village, recently received a clean
bill of health from the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health (DPH),
Division of Health Care Quality, which
found the facility to be deficiency free.
The survey assesses compliance with
federal standards such as adequacy
of staffing, quality of care, and cleanli-
ness of facilities. The DPH survey,
completed in June found that Lasell
House was in compliance with all
applicable requirements for certification
in the Medicare program.
Lasell House is a facility that serves the
residents of Lasell Village as well as
patients in the greater Boston commu-
nity. It is noted for its orthopedic and
sub-acute rehabilitation program
that embraces physician-driven care
and an uncompromising commitment
This is the third deficiency free survey
in the past five years for the skilled
nursing and rehabilitation center locat-
ed within the Lasell Village living and
learning retirement community.
Unannounced and conducted by health
care professionals, the survey is per-
formed at least every nine to 15 months
for all Medicare/Medicaid certified
skilled nursing facilities throughout
the Commonwealth. ■«
The reception desk at Lasell House.
Changes in Athletics
Message from the Athletic Director
Office of Athletics
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2037
lnfith a variety of changes occurring, this
year will prove to be an exciting one in
athletics. The changes include the addi-
tion of two new full-time staff members,
beginning competition in a new confer-
ence, upgrading Taylor Field, and adding
a new varsity team.
This year, Head Men's Basketball Coach
Aaron Galletta has moved full-time to the
athletic department. In addition to coach-
ing the men's basketball team, Coach
Galletta will be in charge of equipment
and facilities for the Lasers. Kelly Stubbs
has also been hired as a full-time member
of the athletic department staff. Coach
Stubbs will be the head coach of the
women's basketball team and she will
coordinate a wellness program for the
Another significant change this year is
that nine of our 12 varsity teams will
begin competition in the Great
Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)
this fall. The GNAC is a well respected
conference with most of the institutions
located in and around the Boston area.
All of the teams and coaches are looking
forward to new rivalries, new chal-
lenges, and setting new goals.
This summer has also seen Taylor Field
receive an upgrade. Taylor has been
completely redone with new drainage, a
new sprinkler system, and new sod. The
work is complete and the field is ready
for the fall.
Finally, one of the biggest changes this
year will be the addition of a baseball
team (see story on p. 22). Coach Jim
Dolan from Weymouth has been hired
as the first baseball coach at Lasell
College. The baseball team will compete
as a club team this year and will move
to varsity status in the spring of 2009.
The baseball team will practice and play
all of their home games at Brandeis
University and they will compete in the
GNAC. Coach Dolan is excited to bring
the new tradition of baseball to Lasell.
All of these changes will enhance
the overall athletic program and will
provide the student-athletes and the
Lasell community with an even
Overall Record: 6-9
Pilgrim League Record: 5-3
I he Lasers qualified for the Pilgrim
League post season tournament by
winning their final game of the regular
season against Massachusetts Maritime
Academy. This secured them the num-
ber four seed but they unfortunately
came up against nationally ranked
Western New England College. This was
their second match-up of the season
against the perennial powerhouse, the
team that eventually went on to win the
Pilgrim League championship.
Freshman Brian Yepez led the Lasers in
total points for the season and was
named Pilgrim League Rookie of the
Week. Anchoring the defense was stand-
out goalkeeper Mark DeMieri '08, who
finished with 194 saves and a 9.54 GAA.
Nine team members graduated at the
end of the season, among them the
all-time leading goal scorer Alex Zayac,
who amassed 129 career goals and 20
assists during his Lasell career and was
one of this year's tri-captains. He shared
this position with Dan Winter, who fin-
ished his career ranked third in all-time
assists with 62, and with defender
Phil O'Loughlin. «
Jeffrey Scott 'oj.
Overall Record: 5-8
NEWLA Record: 3-6
Among the highlights of the season
were two 14-0 shut out wins, a 15-3
win over Regis College, and a dramatic
13-12 overtime win at Elms College. The
team also ran up against their share of
Leading the Lasers in scoring was
Caitlyn Murphy '09, who had 51 goals
and 11 assists. She was followed by sen-
ior Sarah Schlegel, who added 20 goals
and six assists and finished her four
years at Lasell with a total of 63 goals
and 31 assists. Schlegel was also recog-
nized by the Intercollegiate Women's
Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)
for her academic achievements and
placed on the IWCLA Honor Roll.
Senior goalkeeper Noelle O'Leary was
also named to the IWCLA Honor Roll.
She finished her career with a record
breaking 592 saves, a 21-31 record, and
logged in over 2,800 minutes between
the pipes in her four years.
This year the team is moving to the
Great Northeast Athletic Conference. W
Team high scorer Caitlyn Murphy 'og.
Overall Record: 24-12
Conference Record: ri-i
It was a year of firsts for the Softball
team. They won 27 games for the first
time, earning them the number one
seed in the North Atlantic Conference
Championship tournament, and came
away with the runner-up trophy. They
also qualified for the EC AC tournament
for the first time, losing to the eventual
champions, Western Connecticut State
College. And, Head Coach Tom
DeFilippo was named NAC Coach of
The Lasers offense came alive this
spring, behind some very consistent
pitching from their two rookie pitchers
Nicole Slader and Jackie Losseff.
Seniors Jayme Rautenberg and Shawna
Kelly hit .444 and .441 respectively to
lead the offense. Sophomore Heather
Rose also had a productive year with a
conference-high 48 runs scored.
The team will be moving to the
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
next spring. W
The team gathers around their NAC
Lasell Leaves \ I
SpOrtS Lasell College Athletic Calendar for Fall and Winter 2008
:key Fall 2007
Men's Basketball Winter 2007-2008
UNIV. OF NEW ENGLAND
@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament
@ Thomas College*
@ Keene State Tip-Off Tournament
@ U Maine Farmington*
@ Union College
@ Husson College*
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME)*
@ Johnson & Wales University*
* North Atlantic Conference Game
@ Rivier College*
Head Coach: Jessica King (gth year)
@ Williams College
Laura Thibodeau (4th year)
@ St. Joseph's College (ME)*
Goalie Coach: jess Gonynor (3rd year)
@ Mount Ida College*
Men's Soccer Fall 2007
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY*
@ Daniel Webster College*
@ Alberrus Magnus College*
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME) COLLEGER-
@ Alberrus Magnus College*
@ Mount Ida College*
@ Norwich University*
@ Norwich University*
ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE*
DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE*
@ Emmanuel College*
@ Brandeis University
@ Suffolk University*
DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE*
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE*
* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game
Head Coach: Giovanni Pacini (ioth Year)
Assistant Coach: Ryan Michelangelo (5th Year)
Goalkeeper Coach: Graig Murphy (3rd Year)
Women's Soccer Fall 2007
2 Saturday GNAC Championship
* Indicates GNAC Game
Head Coach: Aaron Galletta (2nd Year)
Women's Basketball Winter 2007-2008
@ Rivier College*
@ Salem State Tip-Off Tournament
@ Mount Ida College*
@ Salem State Tip-Off Tournament
ST. JOSEPH'S (CT) COLLEGE*
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME) COLLEGE*
@ Williams Tournament
@ Daniel Webster College*
@ Williams Tournament
@ Gordon College
@ Plymouth State University
@ Western Connecticut State University
* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game
@ Lesley University
Head Coach: Vito LaFrancesca
Assistant Coaches: Jim Swift, Tricia Auld
@ Johnson & Wales University*
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (CT)*
Volleyball Fall 2007
@ Emerson College*
@ Rivier College*
PINE MANOR COLLEGE*
@ Pine Manor College*
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE (ME)*
UNION w/ Regis College
@ Rhode Island College
EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE
@ St. Joseph's (CT) w/ Emmanuel*
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE*
@ Suffolk University*
@ Norwich University*
ALBERTUS MAGNUS COLLEGE*
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE*
@ St. Joseph's (ME) w/Simmons-
DANIEL WEBSTER W/SUFFOLK*
@ Newbury College
@ Daniel Webster College*
* Indicates Great Northeast Athletic Conference game
Head Coach: Mary Tom (nth Year)
Assistant Coach: Karen Chue (nth Year)
Men's & Women's Cross Country Fall 2007
* Indicates GNAC Game
6 Saturday Saint Joseph's College Invitational 10:00/11:00
12 Friday Emmanuel College Invitational 4:00/4:45
27 Saturday GNAC Championships @ Saint Joseph's College TBA
Head Coach: Kelly Stubbs (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Neil Hatem (2nd year), Kristen McCormick (1st year)
ECAC Championships @ Williams College
NCAA Championships @ Connecticut College
** Friends and Family Weekend
Head Coach: Larry Sullivan (7th year)
Assistant Coach: James Martin (3rd year)
Listings that appear in
capital letters denote
Occasionally, due to
weather, etc., dates and
times may change.
please check with the
Athletics Department at
(617) 243-2147 or
www. thegnac. com
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